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

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Antonio Missiroli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Isabelle Ioannides

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Institute for European Studies; European Parliament - European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS)

Date Written: September 11, 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Missiroli, Antonio and Ioannides, Isabelle, European Think Tanks and the EU (September 11, 2012). Berlaymont Paper no. 2. Brussels: Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), European Commission, September 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2144865

Antonio Missiroli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Isabelle Ioannides (Contact Author)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Institute for European Studies ( email )

Pleinlaan 5
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://www.ies.be/

European Parliament - European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) ( email )

Bât. Altiero Spinelli
60 rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
Brussels, B-1047
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/home.html

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