• January 2011 - May 2011

    Innovative Approaches towards EU Blending Mechanisms for Development Finance

    This study analysed the governance mechanisms for the new instruments blending EU grants for development aid to loans by the EIB and other European Development Finance Institutions.


  • January 2011 - October 2011

    Study on the Application of Directive 2004/25/EC on Takeover Bids

    This study will cover both an analysis of its legal implementation and its application in the market, featuring the perception of stakeholders. It will also compare the Directive's obligations with similar ones in major third countries and survey the control structures and barriers to takeover bids that are not covered by the Directive. This study is led by Marccus Partners (Mazars). Within CEPS, Diego Valiante and Mirzha de Manuel are conducting the analysis of the Directive and its impact from an economic point of view.


  • January 2011 - January 2014

    On the Sustainability of Public Finances in Belgium (BEL-DEBT)

    Since the onset of the sovereign debt crisis in Europe in early 2010, developments in the public debt of Eurozone countries have been closely followed by financial markets. Belgium, one of the countries in Europe with the highest level of debt relative to GDP, has not been an exception. Even though Belgium managed to stay more or less off the radar screen of international investors thanks to its economic performance, the ongoing political crisis and the uncertainty surrounding the potential effects of future reforms have attracted, more recently, the attention of market participants as spreads on government bonds have been widening. This pushed the question of debt sustainability to the top of the agenda of Belgium’s policy- makers.

  • January 2011 - August 2011

    Is the Europe 2020 Strategy Capable of Maintaining the EU's Competitiveness in the World?

    This study analyzes analyses the five main dimensions in the Europe 2020 strategy, which include the main targets in innovation, employment, education, energy and climate change and poverty reduction. The key themes to be addressed in the study include the strength and weaknesses of the single dimensions of intangible capital investment, the upgrading of European citizen’s skill levels to achieve higher employment rates, the evaluation of qualitative and quantitative education indicators, the feasibility of carbon tariff and proceeds in fixing both environmental and political problems and the interplay between government efficiency and social expenditure for efficient poverty reduction. Furthermore, this study will evaluate whether the indicators chosen in the new “pact” for competitiveness and the European semester overlap with the Europe 2020 strategy and whether there are missing indicators or trade-offs between the chosen indicators.


  • December 2010 - September 2011

    Integrity of the Clean Development Mechanism

    This project aims to i) assess the merits and shortcomings of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) according to a set of criteria, ii) inform action at both UN and EU levels to improve the current CDM system and explore a transition from the CDM to sectoral mechanisms, iii) to address these issues particularly in large hydro and energy intensive sectors. This project is led by AEA in collaboration with CEPS, the Stockholm Environment Institute, and CO2logic.


  • December 2010 - March 2011

    Screening of the European Banking Sector

    This project collected data to distinguish between the business models of the most prominent banks in the EU. Using the collected data, the study sought to highlight existing weaknesses associated with each model. The aim was to assess whether the recent reforms in the financial sector will effectively address some of these weaknesses inherent in some models without hampering the banks’ capacity to continue serving their main functions as financial intermediaries.
    Funded by: Green Group of the European Parliament


  • November 2010

    EU-Indonesia Trade and Investment Relations

    A short issues paper that provided an overview of the main features of EU-Indonesia trade and investment relations and the key factors that influence EU trade and investment with Indonesia


  • November 2010 - October 2014

    External Expertise for the European Parliament on Economic and Monetary Affairs

    CEPS has been retained by the European Parliament to provide it with independent expert advice on a variety of current and emerging issues connected to its work. Advice could be sought on the following: economic policy in the EU in general; monetary policy and the functioning of the EMU; fiscal policy, especially related to coordination aspects in EMU; economic governance, especially global, EU and eurozone governance; the international monetary and financial system.


  • November 2010 - April 2011

    Study on the Effects of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate sector-specific activities on Competitiveness and Productivity

     This project intends to identify success factors and lessons learned from the Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) for a future initiative at international level. It consisted of an on-line survey and of questionnaires and interviews with government representatives and stakeholders.

  • October 2010 - December 2010

    A Study on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the EU's Emissions Trading System and How it can Drive Innovation

    The project, supported by the Mission of Norway, focused on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and its links to emissions reductions and innovation. The outputs of the project were:

    A lunchtime meeting presenting the interim results of the research, held in CEPS on 1 December 2010, which included introductory remarks by the Norwegian Mission Ambassador, a presentation of the research results by Christian Egenhofer, and comments by Yvon Slingenberg, DG Climate Action, and Folker Franz, BusinessEurope