Projects for Europe in the World

  • August 2005 - April 2006

    EU-Ukraine — Free Trade Area — feasibility study

    Analysis of the possible content, economic impact and feasibility of the EU and Ukraine making a Free Trade Agreement. The team first reviewed available economic evidence on the likely impact of ‘simple’ or ‘deep’ free trade, from which it was apparent that the former would have little impact, whereas the latter could be a major and indispensable component of a strategy to get Ukraine onto a sustainable high growth path. The ‘deep’ free trade scenario was then developed in detail, in which the content overlaps clearly with what the European Neighbourhood Policy calls ‘a stake in the internal market’. A major effort was then deployed into defining how far the ‘deep free trade’ package should go in approximation with the EU acquis, taking into account where Ukraine has got to so far in the post-communist transition. This approach was applied especially in major service sectors such as financial services, transport, energy, telecommunications, and well as in horizontal policies for competition, corporate governance, environment etc. The authors sought to develop what could be a template for European Neighbourhood Policy as regards optimal and feasible acquis compliance.

  • January 2003 - December 2006

    European Network of Agricultural and Rural Policy Research Institutes (ENARPRI)

    ENARPRI brings together leading national institutes and research teams from 13 countries of EU-25. The network aims to create an institutional structure which will lead to improved exchange of information and policy research insights. It will also contribute to the development of tools and methods and the organization of EU wide research programmes which are closer aligned with the interests and demands of the users of the policy research. In addition, there is scope for significant positive spill-over effects and economies of scales within the network by avoiding overlap in the development of models for quantitative evaluations and in developing policy scenarios, and by linking comparative advantages of various institutes through network collaboration. The activities of the Network are coordinated and managed by CEPS.
    The central themes of this network are the impact of regional, bilateral, and multilateral trade agreements which the European Union has concluded or is negotiating, including WTO, enlargement, Everything But Arms (EBA), EuroMed, Mercosur; as well as, the multifunctional model of European agriculture and sustainable development of rural areas.