Projects for Rights and Security

  • January 2018 - December 2020

    EU-CITZEN Project

    Academic Network to perform research services on issues pertaining to Citizenship of the Union rights and related policies (EU-CITZEN)

    a consortium formed by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Maastricht University (UM), European University Institute (EUI), Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) and The Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences (ICCR Budapest Foundation)

    EU-CITZEN establishes a new Academic Network on European Citizenship Rights aimed at providing the European Commission with the best independent scholarly knowledge and advice on Citizenship of the Union rights and related policies, and their implementation in EU Member States and other third countries of relevance. EU-CITZEN will secure inter-disciplinary expertise and a forum for discussion on all issues and questions to be covered in the European Commission’s 2019 Citizenship of the Union Report and the 2019 European elections.

  • 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 2016 - April 2019

    Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM)

    The MEDAM project aims at develop solutions for asylum and immigration policies in the EU and its member states that:

  • August 2011 - August 2012

    Research on Fundamental Rights Issues at the EU and International Level

    CEPS has established an interdisciplinary consortium of 9 well-known organizations and 25 leading experts, covering all the thematic areas identified in the Multi-annual Framework and the Annual Work Programme 2011 (AWP) of the FRA, to jointly provide the FRA and the EIGE with data collection and research services on fundamental rights issues at the EU and international level.


  • 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 - January 2014

    Supporting Fundamental Rights, Privacy and Ethics in Surveillance Technologies (SAPIENT)

    SAPIENT is a 36-month Collaborative Project that aims to specify how and when smart surveillance should be used (or not) and its characteristics to be effective and scalable to rapidly adapt to changing situations. It will provide stakeholders with a set of criteria for data protection and integrity that can be used to verify that surveillance systems and the sharing of information respect the privacy of citizens.

    The project will develop and provide a privacy impact assessment methodology, which is tailor-made for surveillance projects and technology developments and, in so doing, the use of the methodology will provide a means for limiting the collection and storage of unnecessary data. It will focus on the necessity and proportionality of data collection needs to avoid undue threats to data protection and privacy. SAPIENT will pave the way towards an approach of surveillance where the respect of the privacy of the citizen will be central.



  • August 2010 - January 2011

    Integration as a Two-Way Process in the EU? Assessing the European Integration Fund and the Common Basic Principles on Integration

    This research aims at examining the nature, limits and potentials of the concept of integration as a two-way process of mutual accommodation between migrants and host society. It assesses the extent to which this key principle is implemented in practice by investigating its relationship with national integration programmes developed so far with the support of the European Integration Fund and the nature of the programmes sustained.


  • Prospective Analysis for the Mediterranean Region (MEDPRO)

    MEDPRO is a network of 17 research institutes (100 researchers) from both shores of the Mediterranean funded under the FP7, of which CEPS is the leader. The project aims to undertake a deep foresight analysis of the development issues in eleven countries in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean participating in the Barcelona process and in the Union for the Mediterranean. The project will undertake an analysis of the current state and prospective development in main areas of socio-economic development: Geopolitics and governance; demography, ageing, migration, health and gender issues; sustainable development, management of resources, adaptation to global warming; energy and climate change mitigation; economic development, trade and investment; financial services and capital markets and human capital, education and development of skills. It will then bring the partial foresight analyses in these areas into a broader framework of quantitative general equilibrium modelling, and be completed with qualitative scenarios for regional and broader integration within the region and with the EU and policy conclusions for the EU approach.

  • February 2010 - January 2013

    Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe - Innovative Approaches to Law and Policy (RELIGARE)

     RELIGARE starts from the idea of equality and how it is challenged by the increasing diversity of religions and other convictions that are transforming Europe into a new type of entity. The Union’s expansion, together with important migration fluxes, partly explains a process of increasing diversity within the EU. Against that background an increasingly number of citizens, many of whom are new EU citizens, hold beliefs and values different from the majority. More generally one observes that individuals and groups today are claiming recognition of their (religious) identity in their family life, in their work place, in the public space, and in the way(s) States provide support to religious and other groupings. These claims sometimes question and disturb the existing models of secularism in Europe and public authorities therefore face demanding challenges, probably more than ever before in history, of establishing social cohesion.

  • January 2010 - December 2013

    Integrated Training Programme for Analysis, Assessment and Advice on EU External Action and its Institutional Architecture (EXACT)

    This Marie Curie Initial Training Network EXACT is an EU wide Ph.D. and professional training programme for 12 young researchers, academics and professionals in the field of EU External Action funded by the European Commission. It provides the opportunity to realise an individual research project leading to a double Ph.D. ("co-tutelle") issued by two universities. It started in October 2010 for a period of three years including local and network-wide activities provided by the partner institutions of the network. CEPS is one of the partners in the project; in total 6 of the 12 researchers conduct their research stays at CEPS during the duration of the project.