Projects for Regulation

  • November 2008 - April 2010

    Social Impact Assessment as a Tool for Mainstreaming Social Inclusion and Social Protection Concerns in Policy-Making in EU Member States

    This study was carried out by a team composed of better regulation experts and social policy experts from The Evaluation Partnership (TEP) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and was commissioned to support mutual learning on social impact assessment within the Open Method of Coordination on Social Protection and Social Inclusion (OMC SPSI). The overall objective of the study is to describe, compare and analyse the different ways in which SIA is currently carried out in the EU and to identify recommendations for the implementation of effective social impact assessment systems and for effective social impact assessment analysis. In particular, the study is meant to provide:
    • a general overview (mapping) of the social impact assessment arrangements that are currently in place in the EU at the national and (where applicable) regional level;
    • an in depth comparative analysis of a limited set of well developed / particularly interesting social impact assessment systems, also focussing on the way in which these systems have developed over time in response to challenges, problems encountered;

  • October 2008 - July 2009

    Analysis of Tying and Other Commercial Practices in the Retail Financial Services Sector

    This study aimed at providing an in-depth description of potentially unfair commercial practices adopted by financial service providers in the EU27, and at providing insights on why such practices are put in place, with a clear aim to identify instances in which the prominent intent or effect is to limit and/or distort customer choice. In addition, the study aimed at measuring the potential impact of such practices on markets, consumers and businesses (in particular, SMEs), and at identifying a range of potential solutions to the observed problems. For this purpose, a consortium of two institutions, CEPS and Van Dijk, joined forces to combine their experience in legal, economic, financial and policy formulation issues, to report and describe an inventory of tying and potentially unfair practices at stake in the 27 Member States and assess their likely outcomes through a detailed qualitative and quantitative analysis.


  • January 2008 - June 2009

    CEPS-CSE project on the future of EU policymaking

    In January 2008, CEPS and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise launched a new project termed “Policymaking in the EU: past achievements and proposals for reform”. The project will last 15 months and will be coordinated by Andrea Renda, CEPS Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Regulatory Affairs Programme. During the next months, CEPS will appoint one working group on the “future of Europe”, led by Sebastian Kurpas; one working group on subsidiarity, headed by Jacques Pelkmans; and one on better regulation, led by Andrea Renda. These issues will be analysed and discussed with external experts, scholars, policymakers and practitioners; the main findings will be compiled into a Final Report, which will be presented in early 2009 in Brussels and Stockholm, with the aim to provide a set of policy recommendations to the upcoming Swedish presidency in mid-2009.

  • January 2006 - December 2008

    European Network for Better Regulation

    Founded on January 23, 2006, the European Network for Better Regulation (ENBR) is a pan-European network of 18 partner institutions, which aims at improving and disseminating the current knowledge on regulatory processes as well as the degree and mode of implementation of impact assessment procedures in EU member states. The main activities that will be performed by the network include: a) building a Database on Impact Assessment Development in European Member states (DIADEM); b) exploring the relationship between the type of impact assessment, on one hand, and various regulatory quality indicators (e.g.

  • November 2005 - November 2006

    Provision of external expertise to the European Parliament

    CEPS Regulatory Affairs Programme provides external expertise to the European Parliament on emerging regulatory and policy issues within the responsibility of the EP Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.