Projects for Economy and Finance

  • February 2015 - January 2017

    Feasibility and Added Value of a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme

    DG EMPL at the European Commission commissioned a study to a consortium led by CEPS aiming at analysing the feasibility and added value of introducing a European Unemployment Benefits Scheme (EUBS). The project comprised three main tasks:

    1. An in-depth examination of how European Unemployment Benefits could be designed, outlining 18 possible options for a EUBS that are designed along the guidelines stipulated by the Commission in the tender specifications. The 18 EUBS forms came in two sorts: the first four are the "equivalent" systems, i.e. unemployment-linked transfer schemes which receive contributions from and pay out to Member States. The other are "genuine" supranational EUBS systems, partially replacing the national systems, receiving contributions from and paying benefits to citizens. In addition to design, the issue of moral hazard was examined in this task.

  • March 2014 - September 2017

    Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe (STYLE)

    The STYLE project provided a comprehensive analysis of unemployment among young people and the efficiency of policies to fight youth unemployment. The project main objectives were:

  • January 2014 - December 2016

    Boosting the Impact of Social Innovation in Europe through Economic Underpinnings (SIMPACT)

    SIMPACT was a research collaboration between twelve partners from ten European countries that aimed at understanding the economic foundation of social innovation (SI) targeting marginalised and vulnerable groups in society. With their distinctive characteristics, practices that are gathered under the term social innovations ideally facilitate the activation of these groups through empowerment and therewith, contribute to social and/or economic impact. The project revolved around seven distinct scientific work packages aimed at underpinning the building blocks of the project's integrated learning cycle combining a theoretical foundation, data collection, analysis and modelling, building the base for the development of tools, methods and instruments for social innovation stakeholders.

  • March 2013 - February 2017

    Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing in Europe (MoPAct)

    Through scientific research, stakeholder engagement and dissemination, MoPAct advanced the knowledge base required in promoting the formulation and implementation of policies and initiatives that support a new paradigm of active and healthy ageing. The project engaged with a critical mass of researchers, policy-makers, civil society partners and practitioners as well as older people, with the aim of identifying products, practices, and policies that can turn life expectancy gains into an instrument that supports successful social and economic development. The multi-disciplinary team involved in the project aimed at targeting the following key challenges of ageing: i) the continuing longevity revolution; ii) a shrinking and ageing labour force; iii) the fiscal sustainability of pensions, welfare systems and health care; iv) the structural lag between changes in society and subsequent changes in societal institutions and attitudes; v) the rising need for long-term care; and vi) the changing social and political roles.

  • February 2013 - January 2017

    Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion (InGRID)

    The InGRID project was funded by the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration and involved 17 European partners. Referring to the EU2020-ambition of Inclusive Growth, the general objectives of InGRID were to integrate and to innovate existing, but distributed, European social sciences research infrastructures on ‘Poverty and Living Conditions’ and ‘Working Conditions and Vulnerability’ by providing transnational data access, organising mutual knowledge exchange activities and improving methods and tools for comparative research. This integration aimed at providing the related European scientific community with new and better opportunities to fulfil its key role in the development of evidence-based European policies for Inclusive Growth. In this regard, specific attention was paid to a better measurement of related state policies, to high-performance statistical quality management, and to dissemination/outreach activities with the broader stakeholder community-of-interest, including European politics, civil society and statistical system.

  • January 2012 - December 2013

    SHARAKA Enhancing Understanding and Cooperation in EU-GCC Relations


    Europe and the Gulf have a number of common interests, ranging from trade and finance, energy and climate change, to education, culture and communications. The European Union (EU) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) remain committed to promoting these mutual interests and to reinforcing their cooperation. This two-year project proposal put forth by a consortium led by Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) explores how to enhance understanding and cooperation between the EU and the GCC, focusing on the key strategic areas identified in the Joint Action Programme of 2010.

    The main goals of this project are:

  • Employment 2025: How multiple transitions will affect the European labour market (NEUJOBS)

    NEUJOBS was a research project financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. The project consisted of 29 partners and 23 Work Packages (WP). NEUJOBS objective was to analyse likely future developments in the European labour market(s), in view of four major transitions that are impacting employment and European societies in general. The first of these transitions is the socio-ecological one: a comprehensive change in the patterns of social organisation and culture, production and consumption that will drive humanity beyond the current industrial model towards a more sustainable future. The second is the societal transition produced by the combination of population ageing, low fertility rates, changing family structures, urbanisation and growing female employment. The third transition concerns new territorial dynamics and the balance between agglomeration and dispersion forces. The fourth is a skills (upgrading) transition and the partners were interested in its likely consequences for employment and (in) equality.

  • February 2011 - December 2011

    The Role of the EU Budget in Promoting Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

    The aim of the study is to examine and develop proposals to reform the EU budget in line with the flagship objectives of the EU 2020 strategy. A task force will run concurrently with this study.


  • February 2011 - October 2014

    External Expertise for the European Parliament on Financial Services

    CEPS has been retained by the European Parliament to provide it with independent expert advice on a variety of current and emerging issues connected to its work. Expertise could be requested on banking, insurance, securities and consumer protection in financial services.


  • February 2011 - January 2013

    Macro and Financial Crisis Management in the South Mediterranean Countries: Lessons and Prospects

    The main aim of this study is to monitor the actual effects of the global financial crisis in the Couth Mediterranean region and to provide a deep analysis of the post-crisis era, viability of exit strategies and the future of reforms in the region. CEPS is collaborating with researchers in the region.