Centre for European Policy Studies


Founded in Brussels in 1983, CEPS is a leading ​think tank and ​forum for debate on EU affairs,​ with an exceptionally strong in-house research capacity​ and an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world.


To carry out state-of-the-art policy research, addressing the challenges facing Europe.
- To achieve high standards of academic excellence and maintain unqualified independence and impartiality.
- 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

Programme Areas

- Economy and Finance

- Regulation
The CEPS Regulatory Policy Unit explores policy and regulatory challenges in the areas of better regulation, internal market, competition policy, trade and the digital economy.

- Rights
Research Area examines the implications of EU Justice and Home Affairs policies on Rights, Security and Rule of law. Research covers issues related to migration, free movement, asylum, Schengen, fight against terrorism and crime, e-surveillance and privacy, as well as police and criminal justice cooperation.

- Europe in the World
CEPS aims to inform and influence the debate on EU foreign policy and aspires to translate its research findings into actionable policy recommendations to strengthen the EU's role and influence in the world.

- Energy and Climate Change
The CEPS Energy and Climate Change unit investigates a broad spectrum of questions related to the Energy Union, i.e. to ensure secure, affordable and sustainable energy now and in the long term.

- Institutions
CEPS research programme on Institutions aims to provide sound analysis of the main institutional and political challenges facing the EU and to promote public debate on how best to address them.
The unit has produced compelling publications on the reform of the EU institutions, the elections to the European Parliament, the composition of key committees in the 8th EP, EU economic governance, the role of national parliaments, the rotating Presidencies of the Council and the UK’s future in Europe.

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