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The Europe’s Political Economy (EPE) Programme is dedicated to covering topics related to EU economic policy, in a context of increasing globalisation and rapid technological change. From an intra-EU point of view, the Programme provides expertise on reforming and strengthening the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and regional economies; ensuring a holistic approach to industrial policy; supporting the Single Market and digital policy; as well as optimising the use of the EU budget and its programmes. Within the international context, the Programme focuses on trade policy and multilateral governance systems. The Programme’s team is also a skilled analyst on the process of Brexit and the long-term relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU.
The activities under this Programme are often carried out in cooperation with other EPC Programmes, with whom there are overlaps and common interests. For example, this is the case for work related to Brexit and differentiated integration, skills and labour markets, sustainability and strategic autonomy.


Future of Europe / BOOK
Towards a Win-Win Package Deal and More Effective Decision-making in a Union Faced with Disruptive Change
In chapter 11 of the book “European Futures: Challenges and Crossroads for the European Union of 2050”, Johannes Greubel and Fabian Zuleeg analyse the current state of the EU, arguing that whereas progress has been made in a lot of areas during the past years, there is still a lot of unfinished business and fundamental challenges that member states need to address. In order to counter those challenges, the EU27 need to agree on a win-win package deal in many policy areas and improve the EU’s decision-making system. 

You can find the full publication here.

“European Futures: Challenges and Crossroads for the European Union of 2050”
31 March 2021 - London,
Brexit / PODCAST
GEU Podcast: How does Brexit affect Europe’s global ambitions?
Fabian Zuuleg was a guest in the Global Europe Unpacked podcast hosted by William Murry. The podcast is available here.

GEU Podcast: How does Brexit affect Europe’s global ambitions?
28 January 2021 - ,
LINKS Europe Stichting
Industrial policy / PUBLICATION
Research for REGI Committee - EU lagging regions: state of play and future challenges
Marta Pilati, together with EPC Senior Adviser on regional policy and innovation and industrial growth Alison Hunter, conducted a study for the REGI Committee of the European Parliament on lagging regions. Their study proposes a revised typology to identify those regions that are most vulnerable and are most likely to lag behind in the ongoing economic, digital, and green transitions. It also explores the engagement of lagging regions in EU policies, including cohesion policy, and puts forward some recommendations on to improve support for them at the EU level.

The study is available here.

Research for REGI Committee - EU lagging regions: state of play and future challenges
01 September 2020 - Brussels,
REGI Committee of the European Parliament


A fair and thriving EU digital ecosystem

Designing policies that increase EU growth and EU-US cooperation
Better regulation

Promoting Ethics and Integrity in non-medical Research


Health / PODCAST

Vaccine certificates: Damned if you do, damned if you don't
An EU vaccine passport could help us get back to normal sooner, but at what cost?

Despite lingering disagreement between member states, the Commission will soon present its proposal for an EU vaccine passport. The upcoming 'digital green pass' should make it easier for EU citizens to cross borders in time for the summer holidays.

But not everyone is on board; health experts warn there are still too many unknowns about the effectiveness of the existing vaccines, while others worry about the ethical, social, and privacy implications.

With vaccine certificates becoming a potential ethical, technical and political minefield, the Commission and member state governments will have to think through all possible effects and outcomes: What are the benefits of having an EU vaccine certificate? What are the potential pitfalls? And what could be some of the unforeseen, downstream consequences in the long run?

In this episode, EPC analysts try to answer those questions, covering the health, social, freedom of movement and data privacy dimensions of the debate.

With contributions from Greek Minister of Digital Governance, Kyriakos Pierrakakis, and EPC policy analysts Simona Guagliardo, Alberto-Horst Neidhardt and Andreas Aktoudianakis; and Programme Assistant Helena Hahn.

With Rebecca Castermans , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Simona Guagliardo , Andreas Aktoudianakis , Helena Hahn



The Digital Services Act - Why data access matters
With its upcoming Digital Services Act, the European Commission intends to set clear rules for online platforms and the services they provide, which will make them more accountable and subject to public scrutiny and oversight.   

If internet platforms are to be held accountable, the new rules must enable journalists and researchers to gain access to data that allows them to dissect the algorithmic systems that govern the content users get to see on their screens.  
In this podcast, AlgorithmWatch and the EPC explore why data access matters; what makes it so difficult for journalists and researchers to get their hands on data from internet platforms; and how EU policymakers plan to take the decision-making on internet governance out of the private boardroom.

You will hear excerpts from a speech by Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Competition. She spoke recently at an online webinar where AlgorithmWatch and the EPC presented the outcome and final recommendations of their 'Governing Platforms' project. We also spoke with Tom Dobber, postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, and Rania Wazir, data scientist and board member of the Vienna Data Science Group. They are two of many researchers who, in the context of AlgorithmWatch's 'Left on Read' campaign, gave an account of their experiences with trying to get access to data on internet platforms.

The support the European Policy Centre receives for its ongoing operations, or specifically for its podcasts and publications, does not constitute an endorsement of their contents, which reflect the views of the authors only. Supporters and partners cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

With Rebecca Castermans , AlgorithmWatch



Chief Executive and Chief Economist 
Europe’s political economy, Future of Europe, economic governance & EMU, EU budget, industrial policy, trade, Single Market, European labour markets, Brexit & the EU-UK relationship
Policy Analyst
EU digital agenda, EU strategic autonomy, industry 4.0, disruptive technologies, civil society (digital populism, social polarisation), Liberalism
Policy Analyst
European economic policy, EMU governance, the Capital markets union, industrial strategy, the Single Market, trade, international economic relations
Policy Analyst
Economic governance, industrial policy, regional development, research & innovation, EU budget, Italy
Programme Assistant

Single market, Economic and Monetary Union, international trade, EU trade policy

Programme Assistant
UK-EU future relationship, Brexit, Scotland-EU Relations, EU democracy & the rule of law
Research Assistant
Human rights, immigration law, criminal law, cybersecurity and European politics
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