European Think Tanks and the EU
Berlaymont Paper no. 2. Brussels: Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), European Commission, September 2012
51 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2012 Last revised: 14 Sep 2012
Date Written: September 11, 2012
Commission President Barroso has made it a point to regularly engage with think tanks (TTs), most notably in the preparation of his annual State of the Union speech in the European Parliament, but also by mandating the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) to act as their main interlocutor. BEPA has therefore aimed to broaden the understanding of this key constituency among Commission services and contribute to exploring the potential for further synergies between them and European think tanks.
This introduction is intended to illustrate the context and clarify the terms of the survey that BEPA has carried out, as well as to serve as a user’s guide for the annexed index of European TTs. More generally, this study seeks to shed light on a phenomenon that has become ever more important in the EU policy debate, namely the role of TTs as opinion-shapers, both upstream (vis-à-vis decision-makers) and downstream (vis-à-vis public opinion).
Keywords: EU, Think Tank, policy, Transparency Register, funding
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