Centre for European Policy Studies

The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) is a think tank based in Brussels, Belgium that undertakes research "leading to solutions to the challenges facing Europe today". It was established in 1983.[1]


The think tank receives its funding from EU institutions, national governments, charitable foundations, private organisations, publication sales, events and membership fees.[1] CEPS employs a mixture of permanent staff, research fellows based at other institutions such as universities, and stagiaires. The Centre's director is Daniel Gros, a German economist.[2][3]

It was established in 1983[4] as the first think tank dealing primarily with the issues related to the European integration. Its first director was Peter Ludlow. Currently, CEPS director is Daniel Gros and Karel Lannoo is CEPS' CEO.

CEPS board of directors

  • Joaquin Almunia, Chairman of the CEPS board of directors, former Vice-President of the European Commission
  • Dora Bakoyannis, Member of the Hellenic Parliament, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece
  • Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco, President and CEO, Falco Enterprises AG
  • John Bruton, Chairman of IFSC Ireland and former Prime Minister of Ireland
  • Viscount Étienne Davignon, Vice-Chairman, Suez-Tractebel, Minister of State, Belgium
  • Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, former Secretary General of NATO and University of Leiden
  • Chris Gibson-Smith, Chairman, Partnership Life Assurance Co Ltd
  • Elisabeth Guigou, Administrateure civile, Femme politique Europartenaires, Fondation Anna Lindh
  • Prof. Danuta Maria Hübner, Member of the European Parliament, former Chair of the Constitutional Affairs Committee
  • Caio Koch-Weser, Chair, Advisory Council of the European Climate Foundation, former German Deputy Minister of Finance and former Managing Director, World Bank
  • Stefano Micossi, Director general of Assonime
  • Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General, Council of Europe, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia
  • H. Onno Ruding, former Minister of Finance of the Netherlands and retired Vice-Chairman, Citigroup
  • Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark
  • Daniel Gros (ex officio), director of research, CEPS
  • Karel Lannoo (ex officio), chief executive, CEPS

CEPS senior research staff

Research programmesEdit

CEPS has research programmes on:[1]

Research networksEdit

CEPS is also involved in a number of research networks, namely:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "About CEPS". Centre for European Policy Studies. 2008-02-29. Archived from the original on 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  2. ^ "CEPS staff: Daniel Gros". Centre for European Policy Studies. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Bio". Daniel Gros. Archived from the original on 26 March 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2008.
  4. ^ "European think tanks and the EU" (PDF). Berlaymont paper (2). September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2013.

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