Centre for European Policy Studies

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SubpageCentre for European Policy Studies/Corporate Members
Membership• Joaquin Almunia
• Dora Bakoyannis
• Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco
• John Bruton
• Etienne Davignon
• Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
• Chris Gibson-Smith
• Elisabeth Guigou
• Danuta Maria Hübner
• Caio Koch-Weser
• Stefano Micossi
• Marija Pejčinović Burić
• H. Onno Ruding
• Helle Thorning-Schmidt
• Daniel Gros
• Karel Lannoo
• Erik Belfrage
• Hans Skov Christensen
• David Simon
• Philippe de Schoutheete de Tervarent
• Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein
• Stefano Micossi
• Jean-Dominique Percevault
• Pedro Schwartz
• Josef Tosovsky
• Norbert Wieczorek
Corporate think-tank to influence EU policy

The Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) is a Brussels think tank filled with representatives of the business community that regularly prepares studies for EU institutions and national governments. The majority of the members of the board of directors are persons who participate in the boards of companies/associations or who work as management consultants.

Founded in Brussels in 1983, CEPS describes itself as "one of 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[1].

Current activities

CEPS conduct research in a variety of areas including Economic Policy Energy and Climate Change, EU Neighbourhood Foreign and Security Policy, Financial Markets and Institutions, Justice and Home Affairs, Politics and Institutions, Regulatory Policy and Trade Developments and Policy.

CEPS is involved in 22 different projects of the European Comission's Framework Program and thus has strong connections to the European Commission and the European Parliament. A large number of the studies are commissioned by the institutions of the European Union; they represent an important source of information for parliamentarians, governments and the commissioners.

  • The CEPS works with Madrid based think tank FRIDE on the project EU-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM). The project "focuses on four priority areas in order to find a mix between the broad political ambitions of the Strategy and the narrower practical priorities of EU institutions and member state assistance programmes". The four priority areas are Democracy and Human Rights, Security and Stability, Energy and Natural Resources and Education and Social Relations[3].


Designed for international institutions, multinational corporations and other large and medium-sized companies, the membership includes some 120 Corporate Members from and over 100 Institutional Members, all 'stakeholders'.[4] The basic CEPS Corporate Membership fee is €15,000.

The rights of the member companies include participation in the "Corporate Breakfast Meetings" with high-ranking representatives of the EU institutions and membership in the CEPS Task Forces.

CEPS also offers a higher level Inner Circle Membership to corporate members who choose to become more deeply involved.[5]


FRIDE (Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior) | Terrorism Research Initiative

Board of Directors 2009

Onno Ruding | Erik Belfrage | Hans Skov Christensen | Viscount Etienne Davignon Vice-Chairman, Suez-Tractebel | Baron Philippe de Schoutheete de Tervarent | Lord Simon of Highbury | Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein | Stefano Micossi | Jean-Dominique Percevault | Pedro Schwartz | Josef Tosovsky | Norbert Wieczorek | Daniel Gros | Karel Lannoo, Chief Executive

Board of Directors 2020

Joaquin Almunia,Dora Bakoyannis,Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco,John Bruton,Etienne Davignon,Jaap de Hoop Scheffer,Chris Gibson-Smith,Elisabeth Guigou,Danuta Maria Hübner,Caio Koch-Weser,Stefano Micossi,Marija Pejčinović Burić,Onno Ruding,Helle Thorning-Schmidt,Daniel Gros,Karel Lannoo


According to the (CEPS) website "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".

The research and networking of the CEPS is 46% financed by the EU[6].


Amel Boubekeur is a Research Fellow and the leader of the Islam and Europe programme at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, focusing on Political Islam in Europe and North Africa. He is listed as a Participant in the Terrorism Research Initiative[7].


  • Rym Ayadi, Reinhard H. Schmidt and Santiago Carbó Valverde with Emrah Arbak, Francisco Rodriguez Fernandez (2009), Investigating Diversity in the Banking Sector in Europe: The Performance and Role of Savings Banks, Centre for European Policy Studies: Brussels
  • Michael Emerson (editor)(2009), Readings in European Security, Volume 5, Centre for European Policy Studies, Centre for European Policy Studies: Brussels
  • Andrea Renda (Project Coordinator), Sebastian Kurpas, Piotr Maciej Kaczyński Lourdes Acedo Montoya and Lorna Schrefler (2009), Policy-Making in the EU: Achievements, Challenges and Proposals for Reform, Centre for European Policy Studies: Brussels
  • Sydney J. Key (2009), Deposit-Protection Schemes: Issues for an EC Directive, Centre for European Policy Studies: Brussels
  • Michael Emerson, Kristina Kausch and Richard Youngs (eds)(2009), Islamist Radicalisation: The Challenge for Euro-Mediterranean Relations, Centre for European Policy Studies: Brussels
  • Michael Emerson with Arianna Checchi, Noriko Fujiwara, Ludmila Gajdosova, George Gavrilis and Elena Gnedina (2009), Synergies vs. Spheres of Influence in the Pan-European Space, Centre for European Policy Studies:Brussels
  • Alexandros Lordos, Erol Kaymak & Nathalie Tocci (2009), A People’s Peace in Cyprus: Testing Public Opinion on the Options for a Comprehensive Settlement, Centre for European Policy Studies:Brussels
  • Carmine Di Noia and Stefano Micossi with Jacopo Carmassi and Fabrizia Peirce (2009), Keep it simple: Policy Responses to the Financial Crisis, Centre for European Policy Studies: Brussels
  • Michael Emerson (ed.), (2009), Ethno-Religious Conflict in Europe: Typologies of Radicalisation in Europe’s Muslim Communities, Centre for European Policy Studies: Brussels
  • Kristian Uppenberg (2009), R&D in Europe: Expenditures across Sectors, Regions and Firm Sizes, Centre for European Policy Studies: Brussels


Known Participants

9 of the 25 of the participants already have pages here:

Dora BakoyannisDouble Bilderberg Greek politician
Erik BelfrageSwedish diplomat and banker. Wallenberg associate. Attended the 2005 Bilderberg
John BrutonClub de Madrid, Triple Bilderberger Irish politician
Étienne DavignonBelgian deep politician, EU commissioner, Bilderberg chairman, Egmont Institute president
H. Onno RudingTLC, 3*Bilderberg, implicated in underage sex-ring with Prince Claus and Mayor Ed van Thijn.
Jaap de Hoop SchefferBilderberger, ex Secretary General of NATO. He held an "anti-terrorist exercise" in Madrid 3 days before the 2004 Madrid train bombings.
David Simon
Philippe de Schoutheete de TervarentBelgian diplomat, Centre for European Policy Studies
Norbert Wieczorek