Projects for Europe in the World

  • September 2009 - August 2010

    Review of the Transitional Restrictions maintained by Bulgaria and Romania with regard to the Acquisition of Agricultural Real Estate

     During the accession negotiations, candidate countries requested the possibility to maintain existing national provisions restricting the acquisition of agricultural land or forests. They considered these derogations necessary in order to preserve the socio-economic agricultural structure of the countries from shocks that might arise from the differences in land prices and income with the rest of the Union, and to be able to pursue an effective agricultural policy. They were also deemed necessary due to an unfinished process of privatisation and restitution of agricultural land to the farmers in some countries. Bulgaria and Romania were granted transitional periods during which they could maintain existing provisions of their legislation restricting the acquisition of agricultural land or forest, in derogation to the freedom of capital movement enshrined in Art. 56 of the EC Treaty.

  • January 2009 - May 2009

    Economic Integration in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

    CEPS’ contribution to this study led by CASE was to carry out a Business perception survey and to provide an analysis of different business sectors in selected Euromed countries. 

  • December 2008 - March 2009

    Policies to Encourage FDI - Saudi Arabia

    As part of a consortium led by GTZ, CEPS prepared a study paper pertaining to “Policies to encourage FDI” which covered the following elements:
    • Review trends of FDI into the Kingdom including main characteristics such as sectors of concentration, transfer of know-how, etc.
    • How can policies be improved to maximize FDI benefits?
    • How can FDI be attracted in new sectors and higher value added activities?


  • September 2008 - February 2010

    EU-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM)

  • September 2008 - June 2009

    Managing Biosafety and Biodiversity in a Global World: EU, US California and Comparative Perspectives'

    With KULeuven (Consortium leader) and University of California, Berkeley

    CEPS’ contribution in the project focused on biosafety from an EU Perspective. CEPS produced an annotated bibliography, literature review and list of key contacts on the topic of biosafety. It identified and targeted EU decision-makers and opinion leaders, such as policy staff, civil servants, business people and NGO representatives to engage a team of experts as possible project participants in the run up to the conferences.

    CEPS produced a working paper on biosafety EU perspectives with a general overview of biosafety and a list of key-issues.


  • EU-GCC Al Jisr Project

    CEPS was a member of the consortium led by the Gulf Research Council. The project’s main objectives were threefold.
    1) It aimed to enhance public and well as professional knowledge and understanding of the European Union, its policies and institutions, among GCC citizens.
    2) It strove to strengthen reflection and debate about EU-GCC relations and contribute to the future of policy-making between the two regions.
    3) Finally, it sought to make closer links between the EU and the GCC through the dissemination of information on the EU.


  • January 2008 - July 2008

    Study on the Functioning of Land Markets in the EU Member States under the Influence of Measures applied under the Common Agricultural Policy

    The main interest of this study is to provide an empirical underpinning of the analysis of policy influences on the land market. The main policy influences include in particular the different options for the implementations of the SPS, the specific conditions for the calculation and distribution of payment entitlements, their tradability as well as other CAP measures having a potentially strong impact on the profitability of farming. Regional case studies will be compiled into and extended by a national analysis for each of the selected Member States. The final step of the study shall be a comparative analysis between Member States. This will allow some more general conclusions concerning the influence of the different drivers affecting the operation of land markets and, in particular, the effects of the ways of implementing the SPS and the land market settings itself.

  • May 2007 - December 2008

    EU Bioenergy Policies and their effects on rural areas and agriculture policies (AGRI-ENERGY)


    AGRINERGY (EU Bioenergy Policies and their effects on rural areas and agriculture policies) is a Specific Support Action (SSA) within the Sixth EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6). The project aims to analyse and understand the socio-economic, environmental and societal issues of EU bioenergy policies and their effects on future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and how they fit into the concept of sustainable rural development.
    Key objectives of AGRINERGY are:

    • to summarise and explain the link between the Common Agricultural Policies (CAP), the development of rural areas, environmental protection and EU bioenergy policies;
    • to bring together policymakers, decision makers, stakeholders and experts in the field of the CAP, bioenergy, environment and international trade, in order to develop a common language and understanding;
    • to develop cornerstones for future policy-making, fostering the growth of large volumes of biomass in agriculture and simultaneously ensuring sustainable (environmentally friendly and socially acceptable) use of bioenergy and development of rural areas.


  • January 2007 - May 2007

    Qualitative Analysis of a Potential Free Trade Agreement between the EU and South Korea

    This study examines the following elements:

    • Analysis of trade and production structures in South Korea and the EU: Implications for non-tariff, services and regulatory parts of an FTA
    • Projected foreign direct investment and economic growth in South Korea
    • Trade Policies in South Korea regarding non-tariff, services and regulatory issues: nature of the main obstacles to trade and the implications for the scope and content of a FTA
  • January 2007 - December 2011

    A Micro-Level Analysis of Violent Conflict (MICROCON)

    MICROCON, or ‘A Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict’ is a five-year research programme funded by the European Commission, which takes an innovative micro level, multidisciplinary approach to the study of the conflict cycle.