Thinking ahead for Europe since 1983

Founded in Brussels in 1983, CEPS is a leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs, ranking among the top think tanks in Europe.

Our team comprises approximately 60 researchers and 18 support staff from 23 nationalities as well as an extensive network of partner institutes.

With an exceptionally strong in-house research capacity, we offer exchanges, provide insights on and potential solutions for EU policy-making.

Our researchers provide expert insights and policy analysis across a vast array of policy areas: from economy to energy and climate, to foreign policy, amongst others.

What is Ideas Lab?

The most high-profile annual event on policies of the European Union

The aim of Ideas Lab is to provide a high-level intellectual forum for exchanges concerning the wide range of current and pressing issues faced by the EU. The discussions are open, insightful and impactful, with the active involvement of policymakers, researchers and representatives from industries and the civil society.

The Gathering of Top Influencers in EU Policies

Past editions of our flagship event saw the participation of thought leaders such as Kristalina Georgieva, Pascal Lamy and László Andor; European Ministers the likes of Didier Reynders and Ylva Johansson; Jean-Claude Juncker, Pierre Moscovici and Carlos Moedas of the European Commission; prominent MEPs such as Philippe Lamberts, as well as world-renowned thinkers – Ivan Krastev and Andrew Moravcsik.

A unique platform for thinking ahead for Europe

Of course, our aim is not to be the mouthpiece of policymakers. Which is why our guests come from all over Europe and beyond, from all sectors, and from both practitioners and academics. Our aim is for CEPS Ideas Lab to be the unique platform outside the established channels to question commonly-accepted policy positions and look for new approaches to meet the challenges faced by Europe and the world.

Past editions

Peace and prosperity for Europe: An impossible dream?

01 June 2022

Seeking Immunity: Europe in a Post-Covid World

31 May – 04 June 2021

Europe’s Next Stage 

05 – 06 March 2020

Europe’s Choice

21 – 22 February 2019

Europe – Back on Track

22-23 February 2018

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Jens Eskelund

Chief Representative, China, A.P. Moller – Maersk

Linda Zeilina

CEO, International Sustainable Finance Centre (ISFC)

Andreas Kopp

Senior Research Fellow, CEPS

Tinatin Akhvlediani

Research Fellow and Head of the Financial Markets and Institutions Unit, CEPS

Finbarr Bermingham

Journalist, SCMP

Mikko Huotari

Executive Director, MERICS

Dylan Macchiarini Crosson

Researcher, CEPS

Milan Nic


Sergio Carrera

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Justice and Home Affairs unit, CEPS

roberto cortinovis

Roberto Cortinovis

Researcher, CEPS

Davide Colombi

Research Assistant, CEPS

Berta Mizsei

Research Assistant, CEPS

Jorge Núñez Ferrer

Senior Research Fellow, CEPS

Thorsten Beck

Director of the Florence School of Banking and Finance and Professor of Financial Stability, European University Institute (EUI)

Rosanna Fanni

Researcher & TTD Coordinator, CEPS

Kimberly Feldewerth

Policy Manager – Europe, The HALO Trust

Anders Nordstrom

Swedish Ambassador for Global Health, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Rosa Castro

Senior Policy Manager, EPHA

Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow, CEPS

Anand Menon

Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London

Axel Voss

MEP – JURI Committee member, European Parliament

Markus Ferber


James Matthys-Donnadieu

Chief Officer Customers, Markets, System, Elia Group

Catharina Sikow-Magny

Director, DG Energy, European Commission

Christian Egenhofer

Associate Senior Research Fellow, CEPS

Francesco Gazzoletti

Managing Partner, FortyEight Brussels

Lorenzo Pupillo

Associate Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Cybersecurity@CEPS Initiative

Daniel Gros

Distinguished Fellow, CEPS

Hildegard Bentele


Cecilia Vejby Andersen

Head of Unit, Europe & Dublin, Asylum Department, DRC

Milena Lazarević

Programme Director, European Policy Centre Belgrade

Catherine Woollard

Director, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)

Ondrej Burkacky

Senior Partner, Senior Partner, McKinsey

H.E. Julianne Smith

US Ambassador to NATO

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

former NATO Secretary General

Dr. Nicholas Nelson

Senior Fellow, CEPA

Valsamis Mitsilegas

Professor, University of Liverpool

Dr. Benedikta von Seherr-Thoß

European External Action Service Managing Director for CSDP and Crisis Response

John Morijn

Chair in law and politics in international relations & Assistant professor of European human rights law, University of Groningen

Estelle Masse

Senior Policy Analyst and Global Data Protection Lead, AccessNow, EDRI

Stefan Maier

Head of Policy and Legal Support Unit, Representation for EU Affairs, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland and the Netherlands, UNHCR

Meltem Ineli Ciger

Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and an Associate Professor at the Suleyman Demirel University Faculty of Law

Kalypso Nicolaidis

Chair in International Affairs, School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Boldizsár Nagy

Associate Professor, Central European University

Michael O’Flaherty

Director, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights – FRA

Bea Cantillon

Professor, University of Antwerp

Alexander Stubb

Director of the School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Arancha González Laya

Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs

Margrethe Vestager

Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Commissioner for Competition, European Commission

Marija Pejčinović Burić

Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Council of Europe

Sviatlana Tsichanouskaya

Head of the United Transitional Cabinet of Belarus

Sabrina Maniscalco

Professor of Quantum Information, Computing and Logic, University of Helsinki

Michael Osborne

Manager of the Security research group, IBM Research Division

Christine Würfel

Head of Sustainability, Raiffeisen International

Jana Plananska

Member of the Board of Advisors, Norge Mining Ltd

Wouter Ghyoot

Vice President Government Affairs, Umicore

Rebecca Christie

Europe columnist for Reuters Breakingviews

Eva Maydell

MEP – ITRE Committee member

John Ryan

Acting Deputy Director-General, DG SANTE, European Commission

Erik Jones

Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute

Lars Zetterberg

Director of Mistra Carbon Exit, IVL

Gerassimos Thomas

Director General, DG TAXUD, European Commission

Milan Elkerbout

Research Fellow and Head of the climate policy programme, CEPS

Jonathan Barth

Co-founder and Policy Director, ZOE – Institut für zukunftsfähige ökonomien

Damian Boeselager


Katharina Gnath

Senior Project Manager, Program Europe’s Future, Bertlesman Foundation

Lawrence Meredith

Director, DG NEAR, European Commission

Georgia Skouma

Security & Privacy legal director, Delloitte

Cecilia Malmström

Former European Commissioner for Trade

Lucilla Sioli

Director for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CNECT, European Commission

Brando Benifei


Dragoș Tudorache

MEP – Committee on Civil Liberties

Cinzia Alcidi

Director of Research, CEPS

Alex Brazier

Managing Director, Deputy Head of the Blackrock Investment Institute (BII)

Fredrik Löjdquist

Director, Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies

Heather Grabbe

Senior Adviser, Open Society Foundations

Natacha Kazatchkine

Head of Unit – Civic space, Rule of law advocacy, Open Society Foundations

Emilio de Capitani

Visiting Professor – Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London

Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield


Birte Schorpion

Europe Regional Advocacy Coordinator, Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Carl Dolan

Director, OSEPI

Eloise Todd

Co-founder, Pandemic Action Network

Lieve van Woensel

Foresight Adviser, European Parliament

Prof. Rym Ayadi

President, EMEA

André Månberger

Associate Senior Lecturer, Lund University

Céline Kauffmann

Head of the Entrepreneurship, SME and Tourism Division, OECD

Vasileios Rizos

Research Fellow and Head of Sustainable Resources and Circular Economy, CEPS

Didier Reynders

Commissioner for Justice, European Commission

Birgit Sippel

MEP, S&D Party, European Parliament

Jonas Grimheden

Fundamental Rights Officer, Frontex

Věra Jourová

Commissioner for Values and Transparency, European Commission

Petra Bard

Professor at Radboud University, Research Centre for State and Law (SteR), Nijmegen; Associate Professor at ELTE School of Law, Budapest; Research Affiliate at CEU Democracy Institute

Jacek Truszczyński

Deputy Head of ‘International Value Chains’, DG GROW, European Commission

Jules Besnainou

Executive Director, CleanTech Group

Georgina Wright

Senior Fellow and Director of Europe Programme, Institut Montaigne

Janine Dobelmann

Head of Government Affairs EU, NXP Semiconductors

Adrian Wende

Researcher, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna

Victor Stolzenburg

Research Economist, World Trade Organisation

Ivailo Kalfin

Executive Director, Eurofound

Niall Bohan

Director of Borrowing and Lending, DG Budget, European Commission

Richard Grieveson

Executive Director, wiiw

Stefani Weiss

Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Edouard Bourcieu

Chief Economist, DG Trade, European Commission

Ralf Schneider

Group CIO, Allianz SE

Veronika Movchan

Academic Director, Head of the Center for Economic Studies, Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER)

Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen

Director-General for Communication, European Commission

Elina Ribakova

Deputy Chief Economist, IIF

Alicia Garcia Herrero

Chief Economist Asia Pacific, Groupe BPCE – Global Markets Research, Natixis Corporate & Investment Banking

Martin Spolc

Head of Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission

Slavina Spasova

Senior Researcher, European Social Observatory (OSE)

Isabell Hoffmann

Isabell Hofmann

Senior Expert European Integration, Bertelsmann Stiftung