• CICERONE - Circular economy platform for European priorities strategic agenda

    We are pleased to announce our participation in the recently initiated Horizon 2020 project CICERONE (Circular Economy Platform for European Priorities Strategic Agenda)! CEPS will coordinate the work on designing the governance model of such a circular economy programming platform, investigate legal and financing model options, and organise a stakeholder policy workshop on the topic.

    The EU’s package in circular economy has enabled an expansion of initiatives across Europe – yet outcomes of research and innovation are still underexploited at European level. Circular businesses and projects are fragmented, and it is becoming more and more apparent that joint programming is a must to reach the desired impact.

    Bringing together key European stakeholders including programme owners, researchers and businesses, this workshop will build the foundations for a common, joint platform that will accelerate the circular economy transition.

  • CIRC4Life

    CIRC4Life ("A circular economy approach for lifecycles of products and services") is an international collaborative innovation project supported by the European Commission’s H2020 Circular Economy programme. The project consortium consists of 17 partners across 8 EU countries. CEPS is leading the policy-related work and will conduct an analysis of policies and regulations in the field. CEPS will also prepare policy recommendations based on an analysis of barriers and enablers to the implementation of circular economy business models in the agri-food and electrical/electronic products value chains.

    The project will develop three new circular economy business models including:

  • January 2018 - December 2020

    EU-CITZEN Project

    Academic Network to perform research services on issues pertaining to Citizenship of the Union rights and related policies (EU-CITZEN)

    a consortium formed by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Maastricht University (UM), European University Institute (EUI), Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) and The Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences (ICCR Budapest Foundation)

    EU-CITZEN establishes a new Academic Network on European Citizenship Rights aimed at providing the European Commission with the best independent scholarly knowledge and advice on Citizenship of the Union rights and related policies, and their implementation in EU Member States and other third countries of relevance. EU-CITZEN will secure inter-disciplinary expertise and a forum for discussion on all issues and questions to be covered in the European Commission’s 2019 Citizenship of the Union Report and the 2019 European elections.

  • September 2017 - August 2019

    Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters and Electronic IT Data in the EU: Ensuring Efficient Cross-Border Cooperation and Mutual Trust (JUD-IT)

    The JUD-IT project aims at providing an in-depth comparative assessment of promising practices and practical and legal challenges in securing, requesting and obtaining digital information held by IT companies in the context of: first, the implementation of the EU flagship mutual recognition instrument on the exchange of evidence in criminal justice, the European Investigation Order (EIO); and second, the domestic use and applications of EU Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs) with third States like the USA and Japan.

  • May 2017 - April 2021


    The InGRID-2 project is the follow up of the FP7 infrastructure project Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion (InGRID). With largely the same consortium, the project aims at continuing the work developed in InGRID keeping the focus on methodologies and the sharing of research infrastructures with open calls to researchers being frequently launched throughout the project together with Summer schools and workshops. Thematically, the InGRID-2 project is divided in two research pillars: i) poverty and living conditions; and ii) working conditions and vulnerability. CEPS will have a large contribution to the dissemination activities and also to the research under the working conditions and vulnerability pillar. CEPS will tackle three different issues: employers hiring practices; occupations and new skills; and the sharing economy. The goal is to provide sound methodologies to analyse these topics and test them with specific case studies. In particular the use of web data and big data in labour economics research will be exploited by the CEPS team, and vulnerability questions concerning the four research topics will be investigated. 

  • April 2017 - December 2017

    Task Force: Improving the Market for Flexibility in the Electricity Sector

    CEPS Energy Climate House held a Task Force on "Improving the Market for Flexibility in the Electricity Sector". Flexibility is necessary to ensure that demand and supply can be matched at every given point in time to keep the electricity system stable. Flexibility in the electricity sector can therefore be described as the capability to dynamically compensate supply peaks and shortages as well as bottlenecks in the grid. The higher the share of intermittent renewables, the more flexible resources are needed.

    Flexible resources can include flexibility in demand (e.g. power-to-heat, demand response or interruptible loads, facilitated by digital infrastructure) and in supply (e.g. hydro, gas or certain coal plants) as well as storage (e.g. pumped storage, batteries and other storage technologies). Flexible infrastructure can include transmission and distribution capacity as well as information and communication technology (ICT, e.g. smart meters).

    Adequate functioning of the electricity markets and notably a market for flexibility would facilitate market-driven investment as well as efficient utilisation of flexible resources and infrastructure. In light of the electricity market reform launched in the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package, this CEPS Task Force seeks to bring together all stakeholders to discuss a ‘market for flexibility’ to identify workable and practical ways forward.

    Different pathways to a more flexible electricity sector were explored during the Task Force discussions.

  • March 2017 - February 2018

    Labour Market Intermediaries, online talent platforms and the changing world of work

    The World Employment Confederation-Europe and UNI Europa are conducting a joint project funded by DG EMPL that aims to carry out a mapping of existing online talent platforms and crowd-working intermediaries in order to assess their impact in the labour market and compare them with the characteristics and regulation of the temporary work agencies. The research will look into several dimensions of these online talent platforms and their contribution to the labour market and compare these with temporary agency work (TAW). CEPS and IZA have been subcontracted to perform the research. CEPS is the leader of the consortium. 

  • March 2017 - December 2017

    Extensive overview of a cost-benefit analyses of Early School Leaving measures

    The University of Antwerp, as the project coordinator of the Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe ( project, subcontracted CEPS to conduct an extensive overview of a cost-benefit analyses (CBA) of the early school leaving (ESL) measures analysed by the project partners in the countries covered by the project. The project focuses on two types of ESL measures: those promoted and applied by the schools and in the schools, and those that are prepared and applied by third entities (from municipalities to concerned individuals). CEPS' task consists of providing a general approach to a CBA of early school leaving measures (should the exercise be performed) and then already draw some conclusions from the information available on the measures studied in the project.

  • January 2017 - December 2020

    European Experts Network on Economics of Education (EENEE)

    EENEE, the European Experts Network on Economics of Education, is a knowledge provider network to the DG EAC at the European Commission. The network prepares two to four analytical reports per year providing broad literature reviews on relevant economics of education topics; answers ad-hoc questions; organises an annual conference in partnership with the NESET II network and maintains a database of experts and topics as well as the website updated. As of 2017 the network is coordicated by CEPS and ifo Institute. 

  • January 2017 - December 2018

    Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue in the Age of Collaborative Economy (IRSDACE)

    The IRSDACE (Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue in the Age of Collaborative Economy) project, funded by DG EMPL of the European Commission, aims to identify how traditional players in the labour market, e.g. trade unions, employers' associations, member states and the EU, experience and respond to the platform economy. The project has five main tasks: i) conceptualisation of collaborative work, its place in the labour market, employment policy and industrial relations; ii) analysis of discourse on collaborative economy among established industrial relations actors; iii) assessment of the implications of workers’ experience with the collaborative economy for industrial relations and social dialogue; iv) comparative analysis of national experiences; and v) analysis of how EU-level employment policy and the industrial relations agenda should respond to the emergence of work in the collaborative economy. The project started in January 2017 and will run until December 2018. CEPS is the project coordinator in a partnership with IZA (DE), FAOS (DK), Fundación Alternativas (ES) and CELSI (SK).