Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Belgium

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Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Belgium

Founded in Brussels in 1983, the Centre for European Policy Studies is among the most experienced and authoritative think tanks operating in the European Union today. Its most distinguishing feature lies in its strong in-house research capacity, complemented by an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world. CEPS also serves as a leading forum for debate among all stakeholders in the European policy process.

CEPS-Goals: 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 an open 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; and to widely disseminate our findings and views through a regular flow of publications and public events.

CEPS-Assets: Complete independence to set its own research priorities and freedom from any outside influence; 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; and 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.

Staff members:

  • Prof. Johan Swinnen, PhD
  • Eleni Kaditi, PhD

The team at CEPS is led by Prof. Johan Swinnen who is a Senior Research Fellow at CEPS and Director of the LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance at the University of Leuven (KUL). He is professor of food policy and development economics. He is the coordinator of the Factor Markets project and he was the coordinator of the European Network of Agricultural and Rural Research Institutes (ENARPRI) from 2002-2006. He is a specialist in agricultural policy and the EU who has worked and published extensively on these issues. He was economic advisor at the European Commission (DG-ECFIN) from 1998-2001 where he worked, among other things, on agricultural policy and factor markets. In 2002-2003 he was the organizer of a Task Force on the 2003 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and the author of the report of the Task Force. In 2003-2004 he was lead economist at the World Bank.

CEPS's Activities in GRACE are supported by Dr. Eleni Kaditi, who is a specialist on EU agricultural policy and is both an experienced researcher and have extensive experience in the management and coordination of large-scale international projects.

Selected publications:

  • Swinnen, J. F. M. and T. Vandemoortele, 2010. Policy gridlock or future change? The political economy dynamics of EU biotechnology regulation. AgBioForum 13: 291-296.
  • Curtis, K.R., McCluskey, J. and J. Swinnen, 2008, “Differences in Global Risk Perceptions of Biotechnology and the Political Economy of the Media”, International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, 8(1/2): 79-89.
  • McCluskey, J. and J. Swinnen, 2004, “Political Economy of the Media and Consumer Perceptions of Biotechnology”, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 86(5): 1230-1237.