Projects for Rights and Security

  • April 2008 - March 2011

    Converging and Conflicting Ethical Values in the Internal/External Security Continuum in Europe (INEX)

     The interdisciplinary project INEX is designed around two research axes: thematic and geopolitical. On the thematic axis it will study four fields of knowledge of high relevance to the question of the ethics and the value-laden tensions arising along the continuum between internal and external security in Europe: (1) the ethical consequences of the proliferation of security technologies, (2) the legal dilemmas that arise from transnational security arrangements, (3) the ethical and value questions that stem from the shifting role of security professionals and (4) the consequences of the changing role of foreign security policy in an era when the distinction between the external and internal borders grows less distinct On the geopolitical axis it will study and produce recommendations relative to two geographical theatres of high relevance for ethical issues of internal/external security: the Eastern European ‘neighbourhood’ including Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and the Mediterranean ‘neighbourhood’ including Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.

  • January 2008 - December 2008

    Social Situation Observatory: European Observatory to inform the social policy debate and to provide analytical input for the report on the social situation in the European Union: Lot 1: Demography

    In order to improve its capacity for surveying socio-economic developments in the European Union the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Gender Parity has established a Social Situation Observatory composed of thematic research entities with the task of undertaking independent analysis of the social situation in Europe. The Observatory is coordinated by the Commission. It is composed of four specialised networks dealing, respectively, with (i) demographic trends and their implications for social and economic conditions, (ii) social inclusion, (iii) social cohesion, trust and participation and, (iv), health status and living conditions. The project is contracted on an annual basis, for a maximum of four years.

  • January 2008 - December 2010

    Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT)

    The aim in this research project was to enter into the question over European citizenship from a perspective which we call ‘acts of citizenship’. Under conditions of globalization and post-modernization new subjects, sites and scales of citizenship constantly emerge and complicate the ways in which citizenship is enacted.


  • January 2008 - December 2008

    The Changing Landscape of Justice and Home Affairs Cooperation in the European Union and EU-Canada Relations

    This project assesses the relations between the European Union (EU) and Canada in the area of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA). It aims at facilitating a better understanding of the concepts, nature, implications and future prospects related to the Europeanization of JHA in the EU, as well as its role and dilemmas in the context of EU-Canada relations The project seeks to address the following specific objectives:

    • April 2007 - April 2008

      IP/C/LIBE/FWC/2006-202 – Framework research contract on Justice and Home Affairs areas including impact assessment studies

      European Parliament, DG Internal Policies of the Union, Directorate C – Citizens’ rights and Constitutional Affairs. Framework contract to support the work of the LIBE Committee in the fields of Fundamental Rights, Immigration and Integration, Borders, Data Protection, Judicial cooperation in Criminal Matters, AFSJ in General.

    • January 2007 - January 2008

      Common Operational Definition of Overindebtedness

      The European Commission’s DG Employment and Social Affairs has contracted CEPS, together with the Personal Finance Research Centre (University of Bristol) and the European Savings Institute for a large-scale research project which aims to lay the basis for the future common operational European definition of over-indebtedness. Although over-commitment of consumers and financial exclusion are growing problems in Europe, there exists no standard definition of over-indebtedness. Thus, it is currently not possible to collect comparable statistics for international comparisons across different Member States. This study aims to fill that gap, by proposing a common definition of over-indebtedness, which can be used to collect such statistics. The research will involve a survey of the existing definitions of over-indebtedness in Europe, as well as an overview of the political, administrative and legal approaches to over-indebtedness in 19 European countries. CEPS will work on this project together with a network of researchers from several countries including Italy, Finland, UK, Sweden and Poland.
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      Period: January 2007– January 2008

    • December 2006 - June 2007

      Asthma in the EU: Towards better management and regulation of a public health issue

      The aim of this study is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the EU’s approach to tackling public health issues, using asthma as a case example. In so doing, the study will show how, despite its relatively narrow legal base for actions in the field of public health, the EU can – and already does – exert substantial influence on health issues via EU policy measures in related fields such as environment, health research, and the European-wide regulation of medicinal products through the EMEA. The report will critically examine these initiatives and present proposals on how the EU’s current activities could be streamlined and improved so as to better complement and support Member States activities on asthma and make a stronger ‘European’ contribution towards improving the management and regulation of this public health issue across the EU.

    • November 2006 - October 2011

      Strategies for inclusion and social cohesion in Europe from education (INCLUD-ED)

      This integrated project analyses educational strategies that contribute to overcome inequalities and promote social cohesion, and educational strategies that generate social exclusion, particularly focusing on vulnerable and marginalised groups, like migrants, cultural groups, people with disabilities, etc. The project is coordinated by the University of Barcelona.

    • May 2006 - April 2009

      EU Eastern Neighbourhood: Economic Potential and Future Development (ENEPO)


      The ENEPO project seeks to examine different aspects of the European Union’s relations with its neighbours to the east (the so-called “eastern neighbourhood”). Primarily, it focuses on the economic features of an EU Eastern neighbourhood such as:

    • January 2006 - December 2006

      IP/C/LIBE/FWC/2005-08 – Management of the European External Borders

      European Parliament, DG Internal Policies of the Union, Directorate C – Citizens’ rights and Constitutional Affairs. Framework contract to support the work of the LIBE Committee in the field of Borders.