Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)


Chairman: Edmond Alphandèry
Chief Executive Officer: Karel Lannoo
Director: Daniel Gros


EPIN Coordinator:

Vilde Renman
Research & Administrative Assistant 
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E-mail: vilde.renman(at)ceps.eu



Founded in Brussels in 1983, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) is among the most experienced and authoritative think tanks operating in the European Union today. CEPS serves as a leading forum for debate on EU affairs, but its most distinguishing feature lies in its strong in-house research capacity, complemented by an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world.
CEPS funding is obtained from a variety of sources, including membership fees, project research, foundation grants, conferences fees, publication sales and an annual grant from the European Commission.


  • To carry out state-of-the-art policy research leading to solutions to the challenges facing Europe today.
  • To achieve high standards of academic excellence and maintain unqualified independence.
  • To provide a forum for discussion among all stakeholders in the European policy process.
  • To build collaborative networks of researchers, policy-makers and business representatives across the whole of Europe.
  • To disseminate our findings and views through a regular flow of publications and public events.


  • Complete independence to set its own research priorities and freedom from any outside influence.
  • Quality research by an international staff of more than 30 people drawn from eighteen different countries.
  • Formation of nine different research networks, comprising research institutes from throughout Europe and beyond, to complement and consolidate CEPS research expertise and to greatly extend its outreach.
  • An extensive membership base of some 120 Corporate Members and 130 Institutional Members, which provide expertise and practical experience and act as a sounding board for CEPS policy proposals.

Programme Structure

CEPS carries out its research via its own in-house research programmes and through collaborative research networks involving the active participation of other highly reputable institutes and specialists:

Research Programmes

  • Economic & Social Welfare Policies
  • Energy, Climate Change & Sustainable Development
  • EU Neighbourhood, Foreign & Security Policy
  • Financial Markets & Institutions
  • Justice & Home Affairs
  • Politics & European Institutions
  • Regulatory Policy
  • Trade Developments & Agricultural Policy

Research Networks/Joint Initiatives

  • Changing Landscape of Security & Liberty (CHALLENGE)
  • European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI)
  • European Climate Platform (ECP)
  • European Credit Research Institute (ECRI)
  • European Network for Better Regulation (ENBR)
  • European Network of Economic Policy Research Institutes (ENEPRI)
  • European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN)