December I 2016

CSES presents results on the study 'Costs of non-agencies' at the European Parliament

Jack Malan presented the results of a study carried out by CSES on the ‘Costs of non-agencies (with particular relevance to the internal market)’ to a conference at the European Parliament on 6 December.  The conference  was co-hosted by the EU Agencies Network and attended by MEPs, representatives of the agencies, the European Commission, European Court of Auditors, and the European Council.  The study examines the costs to European governments and companies if seven EU agencies which have a key role in the functioning of the EU’s internal market ceased to exist. It was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Budgets Committee.  The presentation of the CSES study can be found 53 minutes into the following webstream here.

30 November I 2016

CSES report on migrant integration in Europe published

The Committee of the Regions has published a report on the “Regulatory Framework on Employment and Funding for Migration and Integration Policies in the EU” prepared by CSES. The study looks at the employment and social welfare policies in EU Member States applicable to migrants, and refugees in particular. It also includes a practical guide aimed at local and regional authorities in Europe advising them on EU funding available to them to finance activities supporting the integration of migrants. Ultimately, the report should thus contribute to tackling the on-going migration crisis in Europe. CSES presented on the study findings at a meeting of the Committee of the Regions in April.

7 November I 2016

European Commission publishes Study on the Contribution of Sport to Regional Development through the Structural Funds

The European Commission has published a study undertaken by CSES with Blomeyer & Sanz on the Contribution of Sport to Regional Development through the Structural Funds. The study shows how sport and physical activity can be a powerful means of achieving the objectives of EU cohesion policy. Analysis of impacts is presented along with over 30 examples of good practice and in a separate publication practical guidance is provided for sport organisations and others who want to make use of the European Structural and Investment Funds to develop sport-based projects. A Sport Action Network offers assistance to anyone interested in developing such a project. For further details, please contact Mike Coyne.

19 October I 2016

CSES presents at the European Consumer Summit (Evaluation of the Consumer Rights Directive)

CSES presented the preliminary findings from the European Consumer Summit to some 300 stakeholders from across the EU. The event allowed stakeholders to provide feedback on the Fitness Check of the acquis on EU consumer and marketing legislation. The results of a recent Open Public Consultation that is part of the fitness check were discussed. Participants included: consumer and business associations, national policy makers, enforcement authorities and ECCs. RPA and CSES are carrying out the CRD evaluation, which is separate from but will feed into the fitness check. For further details, please contact Mark Whittle or Danilo Bianchini.


19 October I 2016

CSES present findings from the Evaluation of the Environmental Noise Directive at European Parliament.

CSES presented the findings from the Evaluation of the Environmental Noise Directive (END) to members of the Committee on Transport and Tourism for the European Parliament's Directorate for Structural and Cohesion Policies at the European Parliament. The evaluation was a regulatory fitness check within the EC’s REFIT programme, and is expected to be published later in 2016 alongside the European Commission’s second five yearly implementation review of the Directive and a Staff Working Paper. For further details, please contact Mark Whittle.


19 October I 2016

CSES organises workshop for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee at European Parliament on SME internationalisation.

CSES organised a workshop held on the 12th October for the European Parliament on the subject of internationalisation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The workshop was intended to open the debate on the barriers, challenges and opportunities for European SMEs serving markets outside the Internal Market, and EU instruments supporting them in this endeavour. The workshop brought together members of the EP and external experts from the European Commission, academia, business associations and SMEs.

Workshop press release .pdf published in October 2016



12 May I 2016

Questionnaire on Consumer Rights. Have Your Say.

The European Commission is launching a consultation to evaluate the implementation of the Consumer Rights Directive (Directive 2011/83/EU). All citizens and organisations are welcome to respond to this consultation so, please, we invite you to disseminate the link to your members (via Twitter, social media or in your newsletters). 

The Questionnaires and the UK individual consumer survey are available in English and 14 of the EU official languages. Responses may be submitted by the 31st August 2016. 

Consumer survey prize draw. There will be a prize draw for a €30 Amazon voucher or a gift MasterCard preloaded with the same amount for those participating in the survey in each country. The draw will take place on 1st September 2016 when one winner per country will be randomly selected. Please note that the prize draw will only be open to eligible persons aged 18 and over and who provide their email address and name. 

The Questionnaires
The UK individual consumer survey 


12 April I 2016

New Public Authorities, Communication and Social Innovation.

Improving communication between public authorities and community groups is the subject of a video, showing the impressive results of a Workshop on this issue organised at the New Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent on 12th April. 

This event was part of a series of activities under the SEiSMiC project, coordinated in the UK by CSES, in which supporting and managing social innovation have been important themes. Parallel work is being conducted on the development of social incubators, for instance. 

The Workshop on communication explored how far it ispossible to use performance and video in providing evidence on objectives andmanagement of projects or as an element in making funding applications.  


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8 December I 2014

CSES presents results of Evaluation of the Outcomes from the European Science Foundation 2003-2014.

CSES has presented the results of the Evaluation of the Scientific and other Tangible Outcomes from the European Science Foundation’s (ESF) EUROCORES Scheme 2003-2014 at the Initiative for Science in Europe conference “Is there a funding gap for collaborative research in Europe? – input to the interim evaluation of H2020 from the scientific communities”.  

The study, produced by CSES in 2015 on behalf of the ESF, was presented to contribute to the debate around the upcoming Horizon 2020 mid-term review and beyond. The aim of the ISE-organised event was to identify funding gaps and sketch options on how they can be addressed. 

Please contact Jack Malan or Malin Carberg for further details.

The EUROCORES evaluation report  pdf. Published in January 2016