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Claire Dhéret
Claire Dhéret
Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst
Tel:  +32 (0)2 235.08.81
Twitter: @cdheret

Claire Dhéret is Head of Programme/Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre where she leads the EPC’s Social Europe and Well-Being Programme. Her current work focuses on employment, social and health policies and how EU policies in these areas can positively impact citizens’ life. She has worked on various research projects, including with the EU institutions, and has led several Task Forces and expert groups, in particular on youth unemployment and social investment. In the past, she was also Programme Leader of the FutureLab Europe programme, which aims to encourage young people to be active European citizens and shape the future of their continent. She has also written extensively on a wide range of policy areas related to European economic and social policies, including cohesion policy, the EU budget, mobility of workers, the future of European industry, EU governance, social cohesion and well-being. She is a regular commentator in the media, acts as external expert for EU institutions and/or research institutes, moderates and participates in a range of public debates. Prior to joining the EPC, she was responsible for the Brussels office of the Robert Schuman Foundation, a French think tank.

Internal Responsibilities

Responsible for the EPC Social Europe & Well-being programme

Area of expertise

European social model(s), employment and social policies, mobility of EU workers, EU health policies & health systems, EU governance, EU cohesion policy, industrial policy, and the EU budget.


English, French, German

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Financing social investment for an economy of well-being: Moving from good practices to a paradigm shift
16 July 2019

The next EU budget offers a unique opportunity for the EU to create a paradigm shift in the financing of social investment and address current market failures in the social sector through the deployment of financial instruments.

Give EU citizens what they want: The case for Social Europe and fiscal justice
17 April 2019

Chapter 6

Integrating refugees into the labour market: How can the EU better support employers?
21 February 2019

The EU’s added value in overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way of refugees’ integration into the labour market

Integrating is caring: A paradigm shift in health
19 February 2019

The untapped potential of integrated care

European Pillar of Social Rights: Member states must shoulder the responsibility of delivery
16 March 2018

Does the Social Fairness Package live up to the ambition of the European Pillar of Social Rights?

European social rights need more than a proclamation: Recommendations for an ambitious social summit
15 November 2017

All talk, no action?

The long journey to end energy poverty in Europe
16 June 2017

Addressing rising energy poverty in Europe

Achieving social triple A: What role for EU cohesion policy?
31 May 2017

Delivering on the EU’s social objectives

Social Investment first! A precondition for a modern Social Europe
3 March 2017

An urgent call for a strong, modern and sustainable Social Europe

Towards a Europeanisation of Youth Employment Policies? A comparative Analysis of Regional Youth Guarantee Policy Designs
20 September 2016

Have the EU member states and regions been successful in applying the Youth Guarantee principles to their schemes?

The revision of the Posted Workers Directive: towards a sufficient policy adjustment?
20 April 2016

Will the European Commission’s new proposal improve the situation of posted workers in the EU?

One year after the Youth Guarantee: Policy fatigue or signs of action?
27 May 2015

The Youth Guarantee: more than a year later

Fostering social cohesion: the missing link in the EU's exit strategy from the crisis
31 March 2015

Can a renewed focus on social cohesion in Europe help bring an end to the crisis?

Towards a New Industrial Policy for Europe
12 November 2014

A new life for industry, a new life for Europe

Opportunities and challenges in the area of employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility
30 September 2014

Reaching optimal employment and social policies

Sharing the same vision - The cornerstone of a new industrial policy for Europe
20 March 2014

Revamping EU Industrial Policy

Second Career Labour Markets - Assessing challenges - Advancing policies
14 June 2013

In order to secure growth prospects and innovation within the EU, creating a labour market adjusted to the needs of older workers and facilitating longer decent working lives is imperative, say the authors of the final report of the Second Career Labour Markets project.

Making progress towards the completion of the Single European Labour Market
28 May 2013

In this Issue Paper, the authors propose an ambitious and comprehensive strategy towards labour mobility. This strategy aims to address obstacles to mobility, as well as create incentives to encourage people to move. It also aims to reinforce the role of public policies, both at the EU and national level, in order to address potential costs and optimise a better allocation of human resources.

Youth unemployment - Does the EU care about its future?
26 April 2013

In this Policy Brief, Claire Dhéret argues that the pan-European nature of the youth unemployment challenge calls for urgent action at EU level. She stresses that despite a steady process of Europeanisation of youth-related policies, getting serious about addressing youth unemployment and inactivity in Europe will require the simulataneous activation of three strategic plans.

Creating Second Career Labour Markets - Towards more Employment Opportunities for Older Workers
31 January 2013

In the final publication of the EPC-Bertelsmann Stiftung project ‘Creating Second Career Labour Markets’, the authors – Laura Naegele, Eric Thode and Claire Dhéret – argue that there must be reforms at every level to achieve the multitude of benefits gained from active ageing in the workplace.

The implications of an EU fiscal union for local and regional authorities
3 December 2012

In this report, Claire Dhéret, Francesco Nicoli and Fabian Zuleeg analyse the implications of the integration of the European fiscal and budgetary governance for LRAs. The aim of this report is to provide a useful tool to frame the discussion concerning the opportunities and challenges that a full-fledged fiscal union may raise in Europe.

Can Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) lever investment to get Europe out of economic crisis?
7 November 2012

To overcome Europe's deep economic crisis, investment is crucial. But with public finances under severe strain and a limited EU budget, private-sector investment will have to be a key driving force. This report produced by the European Policy Centre – with input from the European Investment Bank and other stakeholders – focuses on analysing stakeholders’ perceptions of the role that Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and the just-launched Project Bonds Initiative (PBI) could play in responding to Europe’s current challenges.

The state of play on the EU MFF 2014-2020 interinstitutional negotiations
18 October 2012

In this report, Claire Dhéret, Fabian Zuleeg and Andreea Martinovici analyse the state of play in the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014 – 2020 interinstitutional negotiations.

A tale of modern-day capitalism and democracy: in view of the European protests
8 October 2012

In this Policy Brief, Corina Stratulat and Claire Dhéret argue that the outbreaks of protest witnessed in many EU member states over the past few years make clear that alongside all the economic difficulties, democratic and social liabilities have become an integral part of the crisis Europe is currently facing.

Division of Powers between the EU, Member States and Local and Regional Authorities
3 October 2012

Reinforcing in-depth monitoring of regional budgetary and policy developments presents a fundamental challenge to organise a coherent multi-level institutional infrastructure, argue Claire Dhéret, Andreea Martinovici and Fabian Zuleeg in this report.

Creating greater synergies between European, national and subnational Budgets
2 July 2012

Enhancing policy and budgetary coordination mechanisms between all levels of governance and creating greater synergies between European, national and subnational budgets are necessary means  to avoid duplicating expenditure and achieve better results with fewer resources argue Claire Dhéret, Andreea Martinovici and Fabian Zuleeg in this report.

Second Career Labour Markets for Older Workers
20 June 2012

In this discussion paper, Laura Naegele, Claire Dhéret and Eric Thode present 10 concrete proposals for policy action aiming to facilitate the creation of second career opportunities across Europe and the participation of older workers in the labour market. These proposals will be debated during the course of a joint research project between the EPC and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, entitled 'Second Career Labour Markets – Towards more employment opportunities for older workers'.

Analysis of the simplification measures mentioned in both the proposal for a EU Financial Regulation and the cohesion policy legislative package
16 February 2012

In this file note, Claire Dhéret, Fabian Zuleeg and Serban Chiorean-Sime assess whether the simplification measures proposed by the European Commission in the EU Financial Regulation as well as in its legislative package for cohesion policy match the needs expressed by Local and Regional Authorities (LRAs) and whether they will contribute to more efficient and effective spending.

What role for local and regional authorities in the post-2013 budgetary framework?
20 October 2011

In this paper Fabian Zuleeg and Elisa Molino analyse the interrelations between the European Commission’s proposals for the EU’s next MFF and the Europe 2020 strategy, identifying the risks of a top-down approach and the mechanisms needed to reinforce multi-level governance.

Well-being 2030 - A new vision for 'Social Europe'
19 July 2011

In this Issue Paper, Claire Dhéret and Fabian Zuleeg present, with Serban Chiorean-Sime and Elisa Molino, the key policy recommendations of the Well-being 2030 project.

Growth, well-being and social policy in Europe: trade-off or synergy?
19 May 2011

This 22nd issue of Challenge Europe investigates how social policy can effectively contribute to deliver European citizens’ well-being and long-term sustainable growth.

What next for EU Cohesion Policy?
11 March 2011

This Policy Brief by Claire Dhéret analyses whether the current debate is going in the right direction if Cohesion Policy is to promote the well-being of Europeans in the future.

Enhancing the well-being of Europe's citizens: hard choices?
17 December 2010

This Working Paper written by Fabian Zuleeg with Claire Dhéret and Benedetta Guerzoni also discusses the implications of different policy choices which are most likely to deliver a higher level of well-being to Europeans.

Escaping the poverty trap: will Europe 2020 deliver more equal societies?
28 October 2010

With concern mounting about the growing level of income inequality within and between EU members, this Policy Brief by Claire Dhéret assesses whether the poverty-reduction target in the EU’s new strategy for growth: Europe 2020 has any chance of delivering more equal societies over the next ten years.

Impact of the economic crisis: greater income equality but less well-being?
18 May 2010

Despite the overwhelmingly negative impact of the economic crisis on social cohesion, it might well have the paradoxical effect of reducing income and wealth inequalities by impacting disproportionately on those with higher incomes and wealth levels, say Claire Dhéret and Fabian Zuleeg in this Policy Brief.

Challenge Europe Issue 20 - Europe 2020: delivering well-being for future Europeans
23 March 2010

Published on the eve of this week's EU Spring Council, this new issue of policy journal Challenge Europe includes contributions from policy-makers from the world of politics, business, academia, civil society and government on the Commission's Europe 2020 Strategy.