Publication Archive

This archive contains all documents published by cep over the last few years:

cepAdhoc: Incisive comment on current EU policy issues.

cepPolicyBrief: Concise 4-page reviews of EU proposals (Regulations, Directives, Green Papers, White Papers, Communications) – including a brief summary and economic and legal assessments.

cepInput: Impulse to current discussions of EU policies.

cepStudy: Comprehensive examination of EU policy proposals affecting the economy.




For the first time, the EU wants to take measures to reduce CO2 emissions from maritime transport. The first part of a two-part cepInput takes stock of the current climate policy situation at global and EU level and assesses the impact of possible measures.


The EU Commission intends to present a new strategy for sustainable financing in the coming months. In spring 2020, it had already held a consultation on the subject. On the basis of the consultation document, the Center for European Policy is examining the ideas that are likely to feed into the new strategy.


The Corona crisis is a stress test for the climate policy of the EU and its member states. The cep has examined the various instruments for reducing CO2 emissions – prohibitions and bans, subsidies, CO2 tax, emissions trading – with regard to their "crisis resistance".


Despite the Corona crisis, the EU Commission is sticking to its Green Deal, for which environmental taxes in Europe will also play a role, and perhaps even more so than before. In this background, cepFrance has prepared an overview and analysis of the system of French environmental taxes.


The "European Climate Law" aims to establish the objective of EU "climate neutrality" by 2050 as well as the assessment of a further tightening of the emission reduction requirements for 2030 from 40% to 50% - 55% as compared with 1990 levels.


The EU Commission is planning an amendment to the energy tax directive. Accordingly, national taxes on fossil fuels throughout the EU should be based on their CO2 content and subsidies should be phased out. Against this background, cepFrance has analysed the current French energy taxation.


The pricing of CO2 emissions in the transport and building sectors dominates the climate policy debate both in France and in Germany. With a cepInput, cep and cepFrance jointly analyse and evaluate strategies and instruments of carbon pricing in both countries, highlighting differences and similarities.