Task Forces

  • In today’s world, financial and technological innovations are changing the space of information and the increasing use of electronic commerce is creating new demand for credit data and its security. The proposal for data protection regulation adopted by the Commission is therefore intended to provide a solid ground for functioning digital markets and protection for consumers.

  • The CEPS Carbon Market Forum Task Force on the EU ETS Review Issues is the third initiative of the  CEPS Carbon Market Forum, a three-year umbrella programme for carbon market-related activities, which will provide a neutral space where policy-makers and regulators can meet carbon market stakeholders to discuss carbon market regulation, and general policy issues. The CEPS Carbon Market Forum is headed by Andrei Marcu.

    Among the contributions made by this TF we can count:

  • The CEPS Carbon Market Forum Task Force on the CDM Policy Review is the second initiative of the CEPS Carbon Market Forum, a three-year umbrella programme for carbon market-related activities, which will provide a neutral space where policy-makers and regulators can meet carbon market stakeholders to discuss carbon market regulation, and general policy issues. The CEPS Carbon Market Forum is headed by Andrei Marcu.

  • The CEPS Carbon Market Forum Task Force on New Market Mechanisms under the UNFCCC is the first initiative of the CEPS Carbon Market Forum, a three-year umbrella programme for carbon market-related activities, which will provide a neutral space where policy-makers and regulators can meet carbon market stakeholders to discuss carbon market regulation, and general policy issues. The CEPS Carbon Market Forum is headed by Andrei Marcu.
     

  • To achieve the objectives of the 2000 Water Framework Directive, it is generally recognized by the EU and member state governments as well as the broader stakeholder community that a more comprehensive policy response will be needed in general, with particular attention to water management.  Such a comprehensive approach is currently being discussed within the context of the ‘Blueprint to safeguard Europe’s Water’ that is currently being prepared by the European Commission to be ready by November 2012.  While the ‘Blueprint’ is an initiative in its own right, it is also closely related to t

  • According to the EU ETS Directive (Art. 1), the objective of the ETS is to “promote GHG reductions in a cost-effective and economically efficient manner”. Hence, the over-arching objective is cost-effective achievement of a politically given target. By some, including most conventional economists this is construed as a call for the lowest possible EU allowance price, for example allowing the use of as many offsets as possible – provided they reflect real reductions to reach a given objective.

  • The unstoppable race of commodity prices comes at a critical moment, when European and US economies are languishing in regaining the ground lost as a result of the recent financial crisis. Policy makers and the public opinion are shrouded in a mist of mounting worries and anger around commodity prices. Regulators worldwide have agreed in the G20 to address price volatility and are bringing forward a number of regulatory proposals to improve the regulation, functioning, and transparency of commodity markets.

  • The economic crisis has exposed the weaknesses of the European economies and emphasised the needs to boost competitiveness of the private sector by means of further economic integration and growth enhancing policies. Climate change has made the world aware that energy production and use needs a fundamental restructuring towards low carbon solutions. Competitiveness, employment and energy security are Europe’s central challenges.

  • Creating a global economy that emits a fraction of its current greenhouse gas emissions will not only require wholesale changes in the ways economies are structured, but more importantly a new and unprecedented innovation drive in the EU and beyond. This is especially true for the energy sector, which is responsible for up to 80% of total GHG emissions. There is consensus now that economic growth, welfare and competitiveness of the EU will depend on the EU’ success in developing, deploying and competing in new low-carbon technologies.

  • Completed task forces

    The Task Force Rethinking Asset Management was set up by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) in late 2010 to research four topics, in view of their relevance for the European economy, the single market and investors:

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