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Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

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
  • 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

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