• October 2010 - July 2015

    External Expertise for the European Parliament on Internal Market Issues

    CEPS has been contracted to provide independent external advice to the European Parliament on issues related to the internal market. CEPS has already provided a briefing note on ‘Market Surveillance in relation to Type Approval requirements’.


  • September 2010 - August 2013

    Comparative Analysis of Factor Markets for Agriculture across the Member States (Factor Markets)

     Well functioning factor markets are a crucial condition for the competitiveness and growth of agriculture and for rural development. At the same time, the functioning of the factor markets themselves are influenced by changes in agriculture and the rural economy, and in EU policies. Member state regulations and institutions affecting land, labour, and capital markets may cause important heterogeneity in the factor markets, which may have important effects on the functioning of the factor markets and on the interactions between factor markets and EU policies. The general objective of the Factor Markets project is to analyse the functioning of factor markets for agriculture in the EU-27, including the Candidate Countries. The Factor Markets project will compare the different markets, their institutional framework and their impact on agricultural development and structural change, as well as their impact on rural economies, for the Member States, Candidate Countries and the EU as a whole. The Factor Markets project will focus on capital, labour and land markets.

  • September 2010 - December 2014

    External Expertise for the European Parliament on Climate Change Issues

    CEPS is a member of a consortium led by ICEDD, Namur, and which includes TNO in Delft, and Perspectives Climate Change, Hamburg which can be called upon by the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament to provide advice in the area of climate change.


  • Transatlantic Opportunities for meeting Challenges in Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Technologies

    This project has three main objectives: 1. Analyse EU and US energy technology road maps, the potential for synergies and opportunities for harmonisation, with the focus on energy R&D aimed at enhanced energy efficiency; 2. Identify joint EU‐US approaches to supporting emerging economies’ own efforts to embrace energy efficient and low carbon technologies; 3. Set the above in the context of the current global economic climate, and the respective EU, US and emerging countries’ actions for economic revival. The consortium is led by University College Dublin and composed of CEPS, Sustainable Energy Ireland, and University of California, Berkeley.


  • 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.


  • July 2010 - January 2011

    Study on the Impact of National Rules on Unilateral Conduct that Diverge from Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

    In the consortium led by the College of Europe, CEPS’ contribution to the study included the definition of a methodology for impact assessment and the definition of the templates and questionnaires for conducting the data collection and business surveys.


  • July 2010

    Possible Scenarios of the Euro Zone Crisis and the Potential Impact of Each of the Scenarios on the Gold Market

    This report considers four short-term, alternative scenarios for the eurozone and analyses their possible implications for global economic trends and the gold market. Overall, the main findings suggest that in the near future, motives other than inflation hedging will be the main drivers of gold market dynamics. Growth in emerging economies, which are among the largest sources of gold demand, and financial market uncertainty, will be the most important ones. In particular, even if the worst scenario were to materialise and adverse global conditions could slow Asian growth, demand for gold from this region should not fall significantly. Moreover, even in the most optimistic scenario for the eurozone, global uncertainty will not evaporate easily. As a consequence, the gold price may continue to trend upwards for a period driven by investment demand from both the private sector and official investors.


  • ΕU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

    The EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network (former EU-GCC Clean Energy Network), funded by the European Union, initiated its activities in 2010, as a response to the common EU GCC interest for strategic clean energy cooperation. The Network aims to act as a catalyst and element of coordination for the development of cooperation on clean energy, including the related policy and technology aspects among various stakeholders in the EU and GCC countries.

    CENII Project

    In December 2015 the European Union launched the “EU GCC Clean Energy Network II” (CENII) project. The overall objective of the CENII is to enhance EU-GCC energy relations by developing new appropriate structures and instruments and by maintaining existing ones for practical cooperation activities of mutual interest in the area of clean energy. Hence, building on the achievements of the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network since 2010, the project is necessary to further the cooperation opportunities in the energy sector.

    An important operational element of the Network is the working areas that are established to examine opportunities and further develop cooperation:

  • May 2010 - October 2010

    SME Financing in the Mediterranean: Challenges Ahead

    The main goal of the CEPS-IEMed Working Group is to conduct an independent assessment of the obstacles facing access to finance to the SMEs in the region, and to examine practical avenues to improve the status quo. As noted by Ambassador Senén Florenza (IEMed), Chairman of the Working Group and Rym Ayadi (CEPS), Rapporteur, in their introductory remarks, the outcome of the Working Group will serve as a “repository of reflections”, which will fill a serious gap by offering an in-depth analysis of the key issues and remain a reference for future initiatives. Among the specific solutions that are already on table, the role of credit guarantee schemes, trade finance, bank diversity, capital markets and innovative funding sources have been discussed.


  • April 2010 - March 2013

    BLUE-Enterprise and Trade Statistics (BLUE-ETS)

    BLUE-ETS is a project on official business statistics and, specifically, on one of EU NSIs key challenges; that is, providing high quality and robust statistical information, for better policy and socio-economic research, and to support the renewed Lisbon Strategy, while: 1) reducing the response burden; 2) simplifying and setting priorities; 3) cutting costs on enterprises, that stem from red-tape, over-regulation and duplications; 4) modernizing and re-engineering the methods for the production of statistics; 5) making data collection less burdensome and providing more information . Along with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, BLUE-ETS key aim is to support and contribute to the success of the EU Commission Communications MEETS Decision including Better Regulation for Growth and Jobs in the European Union; Action Programme for Reducing Administrative Burdens in the European Union; and the Reduction of the response burden, simplification and priority setting in the field of Community statistics. Accordingly, BLUE-ETS is expected to contribute to the success of the EU MEETS Decision.