• 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 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).

  • 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. 

  • December 2016 - August 2017

    Review of collaborative economy labour platforms in the EU

    The Joint Research Centre and the European Commission have requested CEPS to conduct a large scale analysis of the collaborative economy in the EU, namely to map platforms active in the 28 Member States and identify their size and market share based on the number of users and known profits. The goal of the contract was also to obtain new information on the collaborative economy,  in particular concerning working conditions and business models. The outputs of the project consist of a report and an extensive database.

  • November 2016 - February 2018

    Task Force: The Role of Business in the Circular Economy

    CEPS Energy Climate House is holding a Task Force on the circular economy with a focus on the role of EU policy and regulation to guide businesses and industry. Special attention is given to the barriers and enablers companies encounter in their attempts to introduce circularity into their business operations as well as the measures needed to help businesses adapt to the changing environment and take advantage of new market opportunities. An additional key topic of discussion is how we can improve coherence between sectoral approaches and an overall circular economy policy framework. The Task Force provides a forum where stakeholders from different sectors could discuss these issues in a structured way. 

  • October 2016 - September 2018

    Measuring the IMPACTS of the Transition to the CIRCULAR Economy (CIRCULAR IMPACTS)

    CIRCULAR IMPACTS will assist the EU and its policy makers in realizing the transition from its current predominantly linear economy to a circular economy, by establishing a flexible and accessible evidence base with concrete data on macro-economic, societal, environmental and labour market impacts of this transition, and by adding relevant knowledge to that evidence base. For this purpose a web platform will be designed, which facilitates easy access to data repositories and fills up the existing knowledge gap in the European Commission’s impact assessments by mapping the benefits of a circular economy for both environment and economy.