CEPS Project

Hidden Treasures (I)

Mapping Europe's sources of competitive advantage in doing business


This Report, a joint effort between Donald Kalff and a group of CEPS researchers led by Andrea Renda, aims at uncovering and exploring a number of “hidden treasures”, competitive advantages often covered by dust that could, if adequately nurtured, bring back the Old Continent at the forefront of the global order. In our approach a “hidden treasure” must meet specific characteristics: in particular, it should be a feature of the economy, legal system or legal tradition of the EU or a subset of its Member States, which was (or is being) given insufficient attention in public policy, and which bears the potential to increase Europeʼs competitiveness and overall positioning in the global context. Uncovering and promoting hidden treasures becomes, as of today, a timely and highly needed exercise, as the EU approaches elections, and the global governance contexts seems to be rapidly changing, shaping a new playing field in which the EU has no obvious allies, and is increasingly challenged by superpowers with different priorities.

Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation & Digital Economy

+32 (0)2 229 39 17

Donald Kalff

Karel Lannoo

Chief Executive Officer

+32 (0)2 229 39 82

Nadina Iacob

Associate Research Fellow

+32 (0)2 229 39 67

Willem Pieter De Groen

Associate Senior Research Fellow

Felice Simonelli

Associate Senior Research Fellow

Jacques Pelkmans

Associate Senior Research Fellow

+32 (0)2 229 39 56
Place du Congrès, Brussels, Belgium

Participation in this event is free of charge.

Hidden Treasures

Mapping Europe’s sources of competitive advantage in doing business