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About CEPS

Europe's leading independent think tank

Who we are

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. Our team comprises around 60 researchers and 18 operational staff from 23 nationalities.

What we do

As one of the few think tanks in Brussels covering most European policy areas, we offer exchanges, provide insights on and potential solutions for EU policy-making through:

  • Research projects
  • Research publications
  • Task Forces
  • Regular events such as discussion forums, seminars, workshops
  • Our flagship event Ideas Lab

Our independence

Our institutional independence is rooted in the individual independence of our scholars. CEPS does not take positions on issues. As an organisation, CEPS is committed to:

  • carry out state-of-the-art policy research, addressing the challenges facing Europe;
  • achieve high standards of academic excellence and maintain unqualified independence and impartiality;
  • provide a forum for discussion among all stakeholders in the European policy process;
  • build collaborative networks of researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders across the whole of Europe

For further information about our independence, kindly refer to our Integrity Statement.


CEPS is a non-profit international association under Belgian law (AISBL), governed by its statutes (dated 11 April 2006).

Executive Board

The CEPS Executive Board is composed of independent personalities with broad research and policy experience, representing their individual views only. The board provides the strategic direction of the organisation and supervises its independence, the work of the management team and the financial performance of the organisation. Click here to view all members of our Executive Board.


A think tank needs the input of and the exchange with all stakeholders in the society – as well as their support. CEPS offers different kinds of membership and attracts small amounts of grants, e.g. from Central Banks. For more information, visit our membership section.


The CEPS’ funding comes from a variety of sources, including corporate and institutional membership fees, research projects, foundation grants, conference fees and publication sales. More information on our funding and financial basis can be found in our Annual Reports.

Annual Reports

Official contact and bank information

CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies)
1 Place du Congres, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0) 2 229 39 11
Fax: +32 (0) 2 706 56 26
Email: info@ceps.eu

VAT number: BE 0424 123 986
Bank account:
ING Bank, Avenue Marnix 24, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
IBAN: BE08 3631 3294 5513

Legal and statutory enquiry: Karel Lannoo, CEO
Financial enquiry: Sally Scott, Director of Finance and Administration
Research enquiry: Daniel Gros, Director of Research
Press enquiry: comms@ceps.eu
General enquiry: info@ceps.eu