July I 2017

Publication of CSES report on EU's Creative Europe Media Training Actions.

The Creative Europe programme provides co-financing for MEDIA Training Actions that improve the skills and competences of audiovisual professionals. The Actions also promote knowledge-sharing and networking initiatives, including the integration of digital technologies, innovative business models and financing. CSES was commissioned by the European Commission to analyse the effects of the Training Actions. The main findings are that the Training Actions are unique, highly valued and effective. They address a range of skill needs and support a diversity of nationalities. Learning is highly personalised, individualised and relational, with a heavy emphasis on collaboration with other participants and experts. Participants are supported to take forward projects such as new scripts or productions. Training Actions deliver the intended impact on participants, including improved skills, access to market, contacts and networks. The final report is available from the European Commission.

May I 2017

CSES Mid-Term Review of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants is published.

The EEA Grants and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 16 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. In the period 2009-2014, the Grants have provided €1.8bn funding for 150 programmes supporting different sectors, including environmental protection, climate change, cultural heritage, civil society and research. CSES’s Mid-Term Review assessed effectiveness in terms of results and progress towards overall objectives and assessed the efficiency of the current programme model is efficient. The main research effort was on seven case study countries: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Romania.

April I 2017

European Commission publishes report on the Satellite and Cable Directive

CSES, together with Ecorys UK, completed a Study on the EU’s Satellite and Cable Directive. The Directive was introduced in 1993 to facilitate cross-border broadcasting services by satellite and cable, while ensuring an appropriate level of protection for rights-holders. The study provides an overview of the EU broadcasting sector, assesses cross-border availability of broadcasters' online services and analyses legal frameworks and licensing practices with regard to rights clearance for cross-border broadcasting. It also summarises the legal issues relating to any extension of the mechanisms set out in the Directives to online broadcasting services. The study has informed the Commission’s proposal for a regulation to facilitate cross-border access to television and radio programmes.

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