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Fabian Zuleeg
Fabian Zuleeg
Chief Executive and Chief Economist
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Since October 2013, Dr. Fabian Zuleeg is Chief Executive of the European Policy Centre, with overall responsibility, including providing strategic direction, managing its staff and resources and representing the EPC. He remains Chief Economist at the same time (a post he has held since January 2010). Fabian holds a PhD on the political economy of EU accession from Edinburgh University. Before coming to the EPC he has worked as an economic analyst in academia, the public and the private sector.

His analysis focuses on EU economic policies, including economic governance at EU/Eurozone level, the Single Market, Digitalisation, Industrial Policy, Better Regulation and the EU budget, as well as EU international economic relations. He has a long standing interest in the political economy of European integration, with a particular focus on the UK-EU relationship, analysing the impact of Brexit on the UK and the rest of the EU, as well as the process of separation.

Fabian is currently Honorary Fellow at the Europa Institute of the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Professor at Heriot Watt University, as well as sitting on the Advisory Board of the Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER). He was appointed to the Standing Council on Europe, established by Scotland’s First Minister after the Brexit vote in June 2016.

Fabian works closely with decision makers in the European institutions, the EPC members and partners and the wider Brussels stakeholder community. Fabian regularly comments on current political and economic issues in the EU in the media. He also chairs and contributes to a wide range of debates, conferences and seminars and has researched and published widely on European integration and on European economic and social policies.

Internal Responsibilities

Chief Executive and Chief Economist

Area of expertise

European political economy, economic governance/EMU, Europe's long term economic future, EU budget, Single Market, European labour markets, the sustainability of Europe's economic and social model, PPPs, eco-innovation and well-being


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A more streamlined Commission structure
19 July 2019

Ensuring that the Commission maintains its ability to make decisions

The EU's Scottish question
18 June 2019

With Brexit looming, the question of Scotland and its relationship with the EU is back on the agenda.

The end of the line for cakeism, unicorns and cherry-picking
7 June 2019

Time for EU27 to draw a line in the sand

Ensuring a post-Brexit level playing field
20 May 2019

Competing in the post-Brexit era

Mainstreaming innovation funding in the EU budget
2 May 2019

How to maximize the use of EU innovation funding in the coming MFF

The European Commission: The need for a clearer set-up
17 April 2019

Chapter 16

A nimble and responsive EU? Predicting unpredictability: A new approach to EU policymaking
17 April 2019

Chapter 18

The never-ending Brexit?
17 April 2019

Chapter 20

Designing the next extension – Conditional and time-limited
5 April 2019

A long extension without a decision on the way forward in the UK would not be in the EU27’s best interest.

Extending Article 50: One step too far for the EU?
26 February 2019

Worth the trouble?

The last throw of the dice for the UK and the EU
13 February 2019

Is there a way out of the Brexit impasse?

One step forward, two steps back: Towards no deal by default or design
28 January 2019

Stuck between a rock and a hard place

The EU’s 'no deal' strategic headache
16 January 2019

Facing the realities of a no-deal Brexit

The MFF: Europe’s other ticking clock
9 January 2019

The clock is ticking to find an agreement on the next MFF

How do industrial transitions succeed? - Transatlantic considerations on drivers for economic development
19 December 2018

The EU should support regions in managing their industrial transitions

A new future for European industry
18 December 2018

The added value of an EU industrial strategy

Compendium - Brexit: An unprecedented journey
26 November 2018

Taking stock of Brexit: A view from EPC of where we are and what comes next

Strengthening cohesion in the EU: How can structural reforms contribute?
18 October 2018

The future links between structural reforms and EU cohesion policy in the new EU budget

Welcoming back the prodigal son?
17 October 2018

The EU will not be waiting with open arms if the UK changes its mind about Brexit.

Extending the transition period
28 September 2018

Avoiding the second cliff edge

The road to nowhere? Prospects for a post-Brexit trade deal
18 September 2018

An alternative to the cliff edge

UK business should play for extra time in the Brexit negotiations
25 July 2018

It is time for UK business to speak up about Brexit

Brexit: Stumbling over the backstop?
6 June 2018

Buying some time

Pie in the sky and the death of 'cakeism': towards the brink in EU-UK negotiations
3 May 2018

Towards the brink in EU-UK negotiations

Last chance for an exit from Brexit?
29 March 2018

After all, uncertainty is one of the defining characteristics of Brexit

Squaring the MFF circle: How match funding can deliver the EU’s new priorities
23 February 2018

Doing more with less

Supporting press publishers in a digital era
26 January 2018

Will neighbouring rights make a difference?

Brexit: Towards a deep and comprehensive partnership?
5 December 2017

The worst is yet to come

Better safe than sorry: Time to prepare for a 'no deal scenario'
20 October 2017

Brexit: Towards a withdrawal deal? 

Can the EU structural funds reconcile growth, solidarity and stability objectives?
10 October 2017

A new direction for EU Cohesion Policy?

Theresa May's Florence speech: much ado about nothing
22 September 2017

A disappointing speech that does not move the negotiations further

Reversing over the cliff edge?
18 September 2017

The European Union must recognise how UK domestic politics hamper the Brexit negotiations.

Reality bites: the Brexit negotiations seen from the other side of the Channel
24 July 2017

Brexit is not going to be avoided by the EU27 at all costs.

Why the EU will have an industrial policy - but not necessarily a good one
18 July 2017

A new momentum for a European Industrial Policy?

Renewed optimism ahead of political breakthroughs?
30 June 2017

EPC Summer message 

Uncertainty in the UK
9 June 2017

The UK election has changed the political landscape but not in the way Theresa May wanted

Europe's reform opportunity
1 June 2017

Pragmatic ambition

Rewarding quality journalism or distorting the Digital Single Market? The case for and against neighbouring rights for press publishers
29 May 2017

Why neighbouring rights for press publishers will not help achieve the EU’s objective

The UK’s general election: Mandate for a softer Brexit or preparation for going over the cliff edge?
18 April 2017

For country or party?

No deal is the worst deal yet Brexfast is still in the cards
29 March 2017

The beginning of the end

The Rome Declaration – An imperfect display of unity
27 March 2017

Struggling to re-energise the European project

The 2017 elections across Europe: facts, expectations and consequences
14 March 2017

Europe may catch a break with the upcoming elections in key member states, but not a free pass

What kind of divorce: a clean, hard Brexit or a messy, confrontational Brexfast?
9 March 2017

A messy and quick Brexit?

Future of taxation in the single market
27 January 2017

The EU taxman cometh

EPC end of year message
20 December 2016

Message from Chief Executive Fabian Zuleeg

Rethinking the EU’s investment strategy: EFSI 2.0 needs a Social Pillar to address economic insecurity
15 November 2016

Can EFSI 2.0 square the circle of higher productivity and less inequality in a world of more limited funding?

What kind of Brexit?
4 November 2016

Even though the UK’s High Court ruling has rekindled hope for Remainers, the outcome most likely is still a hard Brexit

EU@60 - Countering a regressive and illiberal Europe
13 October 2016

What kind of Europe do we really want for the future?

Exit from Brexit? Not likely but uncertainty prevails
12 July 2016

Brexit will be painful, but avoiding it could lead to even more harm

Brexit: a new beginning for the EU or the beginning of the end?
24 June 2016

Britain is out

Brexit averted through EU reform?
22 February 2016

The UK and EU were able to find an agreement, but will it be enough to prevent Brexit?

Don't let them win
24 November 2015

In these extraordinary times, European cooperation and unity are needed now more than ever

The UK renegotiation from an EU perspective: the dog that hasn’t yet barked?
20 November 2015

What does the UK really want from the EU?

Economic policy coordination in the euro area under the European Semester
12 November 2015

How to improve the EMU economic governance

What role for social investment in the new economic governance of the Eurozone?
10 November 2015

A role for public and social investment in the eurozone's economic governance

A Common Refugee Integration Fund
15 October 2015

A new way to fund long-term integration policies in the member states

Strengthening the beating heart of the European economy
29 September 2015

Still many barriers to completing the EU Single Market

Unfinished business: the governance of the Economic and Monetary Union
18 September 2015

Compendium of EPC publications on the future of the Euro 

Can the eurozone's economic governance combine political accountability, legitimacy and effectiveness?
1 September 2015

Will the Eurozone's changing governance deliver?

A Greek tragedy in the making
6 July 2015

Where do we go from here? 

Post-Summit Commentary - Greece on the brink
29 June 2015

Is Grexit really inevitable? 

UK in-out referendum firmly on the agenda
8 May 2015

Where do we go from here?

Juncker’s Investment Plan: a New Deal for the EU?
17 December 2014

Pre-Summit Analysis

EPC Special Collection: Investment in Europe
27 November 2014

Analysis on Europe's investment future

Improving decision-making in the EU
1 October 2014

Policy recommendations for the new European Commission: priorities for stabilising EMU
30 September 2014

Remedying the euro area

The benefits of Union?
19 September 2014

Scots support one union, will the UK support the other?

Beyond individuals: a more effective structure for the Commission
9 September 2014

Will the new Commission have the same old problems?

Brexit or not? Time for the EU to move
8 September 2014

Can the EU beat the Brexit?

Scotland and the EU: What impact of the potential in-out UK referendum on the independence debate?
4 September 2014

Scottish Independence, a thorn for the UK?

Reflections on the 26-27 June European Council Summit
27 June 2014

Latest issues coming out of the European Council meeting

Britain outside Europe? Fewer EU concessions to UK post-Brexit
12 May 2014

Breaking down the Brexit

Brexit - Out or In? Fewer EU concessions
12 May 2014

Fabian Zuleeg identifies the way in which a British exit (Brexit) from the EU would affect the function of the main EU institutions and the UK on the whole.

A more effective structure for the Commission
7 March 2014

Options for a new structure for the Commission and the challenges entailed in such a change.

A New Deal for growth and jobs in the Eurozone revisited
27 January 2014

The sustainability of economic growth in the EU

Pre-Summit Analysis
18 December 2013

The key topics on the agenda of this week’s European Council – Single Resolution Mechanism, contractual agreements, defence, EU-Ukraine, enlargement, and European External Action Service – must be treated with urgency by EU leaders, say EPC analysts in this Commentary.

Pre-Summit Analysis
23 October 2013

The key topics on the agenda of this week’s European Council – the Economic and Monetary Union, growth and jobs, the digital economy and asylum and immigration policy – must be treated with urgency by EU leaders, say EPC analysts in this Pre-Summit Commentary.

The bank credit crisis and its impact on growth
4 October 2013

In this Commentary, Fabian Zuleeg argues that a Banking Union, if implemented, would be a step in the right direction but will not produce the results needed in the short term to help the economic recovery of crisis countries.

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.

Squaring the circle - A European Investment Guarantee Scheme (EIGS)
14 March 2013

In this Commentary, EPC Chief Economist Fabian Zuleeg argues that the countries most affected by the crisis need higher levels of private investment, both domestic and from abroad, but that uncertainty and risk constitute crucial barriers. To overcome them, he proposes the establishment of a European Investment Guarantee Scheme (EIGS) to provide a form of insurance for excessive risks incurred when investing in crisis countries.

The EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF): agreement but at a price
11 February 2013

Following the traditional overnight negotiation marathon, EU leaders finally agreed the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-2020 at the end of last week.

Horse-trading Europe’s long-term future: Will infrastructure and research investment be sacrificed in the MFF negotiations?
6 February 2013

In this Commentary, Fabian Zuleeg looks ahead to the summit at the end of this week which will discuss the next multi-annual financial framework for 2014-2020.

Dangerous delusions: British expectations of the future UK-EU relationship
25 January 2013

In this Commentary Fabian Zuleeg argues that the reactions in the UK to Prime Minister David Cameron’s long-expected confirmation that the UK Government intends to hold a referendum on EU membership illustrate just how remote and UK-centric the British public debate on the issue has become.

Dangerous delusions: British expectations of the future UK-EU relationship
25 January 2013

In this Commentary, Fabian Zuleeg argues that the reactions in the UK to Prime Minister David Cameron's long-expected confirmation that the UK Government intends to hold a referendum on EU membership illustrate just how remote and UK-centric the British public debate on the issue has become.

No complete breakdown – at least not just yet
23 November 2012

It comes as no surprise that negotiations on the EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) did not produce a deal. UK Prime Minister David Cameron must either change his approach to Brussels or call an in-out referendum now, writes Fabian Zuleeg in this Commentary.

1000 billion Euros at stake: How boosting employment can address demographic change and public deficits
12 November 2012

This Issue Paper by Erik Türk, Josef Wöss and Fabian Zuleeg confirms that improving employment rates is the best strategy with which countries can prepare for population ageing.

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 budget for the euro zone?
15 October 2012

There is little clarity about the key parameters of a potential eurozone budget, including its size and, more importantly, its purpose, ahead of this week’s EU summit, write Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis in this Commentary.

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.

Armageddon - for Greece, the euro zone and the EU?
27 July 2012

In this Commentary, Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis argue that, despite the calls for Greece to exit the euro zone becoming louder, it is in Europe's best interests for Greece to stay in the euro.

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.

Is Europe addressing the wrong growth crisis?
21 May 2012

Any new 'growth pact' to accompany the fiscal treaty should be focused on the countries in crisis, like Greece, and not on countries like France, which still have options left to reform themselves, writes Fabian Zuleeg in this Commentary.

The Case for Renewing Transatlantic Capitalism
22 March 2012

This report sets out a range of recommendations to further deepen the economic relationship between the EU and the US.

The Digital Single Market 2.0
27 February 2012

In this contribution to the European High-Level Conference ‘A Single Digital Market by 2015 – A driver for economic growth and jobs’, Hans Martens and Fabian Zuleeg argue that creating a truly integrated Digital Single Market should be a priority for the EU.

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.

Solidarity and Austerity: The 2012 State of the European Union
31 January 2012

The 2012 edition of the Annual Brussels Think Tank Dialogue saw leading EU policymakers and academics discuss austerity and solidarity in crisis-hit Europe.

Escaping Europe's Catch 22
30 January 2012

In early 2012 the situation looks better than it has for a while, but the crisis recovery still remains very fragile. In this Commentary, Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis argue that the euro zone is caught in a Catch 22, as multiple parallel crises often require contradictory responses. National reform efforts and fiscal prudence are indispensable but they do not produce a decisive break from the downward spiral.

Thinking beyond a fiscal union
20 December 2011

Steps towards establishing a 'fiscal union' may not only convince and enable the European Central Bank (ECB) to act as a temporary 'buyer of last resort', but also prepare the political ground for two major innovations: the need to balance austerity and growth in the framework of a 'New Deal', and the introduction of some form of (temporary) debt collateralisation, argue Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Fabian Zuleeg in this EPC Commentary.

Achieving sustainable austerity
16 December 2011

To sustain the euro, Europe has no other choice but to jointly encourage more growth to achieve a level of sustainable austerity, argues Fabian Zuleeg in the latest version of the European Economic Sustainability Index.

Stepping into the abyss?
5 December 2011

The crisis has reached crunch time. It is not just the stability of the EU’s common currency but also the future of the whole European project which is at stake, write Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Fabian Zuleeg in this EPC commentary.

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.

Analysis of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020
30 September 2011

In this paper Fabian Zuleeg and Elisa Molino analyse the European Commission’s proposals for the EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework, investigating their potential implications for regional and local authorities.

The EU budget in a era of austerity: setting the example or compensating for national spending cuts?
20 September 2011

In this paper, Fabian Zuleeg and Elisa Molino discuss the European Commission’s proposals for the EU’s next MFF, investigating how the EU budget will cope the risk of a stalemate in the negotiations and the current need for austerity.

Yes, but - defining a vision after the Karlsruhe verdict
7 September 2011

In this commentary on the Karlsruhe verdict, Janis A. Emmanoulidis and Fabian Zuleeg argue that the permanent solution must be to reform European economic 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.

A Greek tragedy foretold
23 June 2011

This Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis argues that the Eurozone partners are in a bind.

Think Global - Act European
20 June 2011

In view of the upcoming Polish, Danish, and Cypriot Presidencies, the EPC participated alongside 15 other European think tanks to the latest edition of the TGAE report in analysing the role of the future Trio Presidency.

Stronger after the crisis - Strategic choices for Europe's way ahead
16 June 2011

In this EPC Strategy Paper, the authors argue that Europe needs new momentum and that the EU and its members should concentrate their efforts on concrete, ambitious, yet realistic, strategic projects.

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.

A New Deal to help save the euro
10 May 2011

In this commentary, Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis argue in favour of a New Deal for the euro based on investment rather than transfers.

The EU Added Value Test to Justify EU spending: What impact for Regions and Local Authorities?
2 May 2011

In this paper, Fabian Zuleeg and Elisa Molino look at the concept of EU added value and its possible implications for next Multiannual Financial Framework.

Working away at the cost of ageing: the labour market adjusted dependency ratio
27 April 2011

In this Issue Paper, Fabian Zuleeg and Benedetta Guerzoni highlight the key role of better functioning labour markets in tackling the challenge of population ageing.

Better and different spending through a new multilevel governance approach for the EU budget
27 April 2011

In this paper, Fabian Zuleeg and Elisa Molino investigate how the concept of better spending could be applied to future EU budget.

The EU budget – an Instrument for Shaping and Delivering Key EU policy Priorities
21 March 2011

Discussion on EU budget policy priorities: can Europe 2020 be the reference for next Multi-annual Financial Framework?

Possible Committee of the Regions (CoR) political messages regarding the upcoming EU multiannual financial framework (MFF) post-2013
16 February 2011

The release of the EU Budget Review by the Commission last October has set out some major issues all institutions will have to debate, before the official start of these difficult negotiations.

The Impact of New EU Own Resources on Regional and Local Governments
16 February 2011

This paper addresses the potential consequences an EU tax could have on territorial entities, highlighting how impacts are likely to be very diversified. After reviewing the main possible options, Fabian Zuleeg and Elisa Molino argue that the introduction of an EU tax would not succeed in solving the ‘juste retour’ issue or in reducing the alienation of citizens.

In danger of breakdown: is the EU approaching budget stalemate?
24 January 2011

This issue paper by Chief Economist Fabian Zuleeg on the coming negotiations for the EU multi-annual financial framework charts the difficult economic, political and institutional context, which might well result in budget stalemate, with disastrous consequences for the delivery of EU policy priorities.

Political trends and priorities 2011-2012
17 December 2010

In the context of this deep crisis, this Issue Paper by Rosa Balfour, Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Fabian Zuleeg provides an ex ante analysis of political trends and priorities in 2011 and 2012.

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.

Beyond austerity
26 November 2010

This commentary by Fabian Zuleeg takes the crisis in Ireland as its starting point and notes that euro zone troubles are continuing, with Portugal and Spain under fire from the markets.

Austerity loves company?
29 September 2010

Issued as the ECOFIN Council meets to discuss economic governance proposals and the public finance crisis, this Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg and Hans Martens recalls that EU coordination of economic policies played a role in the response to the financial, economic and euro crises, reflecting Europe's economic interdependence.

European Economic Sustainability Index
16 June 2010

Launched on the eve of the European Council meeting, this European Economic Sustainability Index (EESI) has been designed by Fabian Zuleeg to enable a comparison of the long term economic sustainability of EU Member States.

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.

A Schuman Declaration for the 21st Century
6 May 2010

On the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration (9 May 1950), which set Europe on the path to European economic and political integration, the EPC has drafted a new declaration along lines that Schuman might have thought of.

The European Council: balancing short term crisis and long term strategy
24 March 2010

This week’s Spring Council should not be side tracked by the Greek crisis from tackling Europe’s main economic problems, says Fabian Zuleeg in this Commentary.

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.

Europe 2020: better - but still not good enough
5 March 2010

This Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg assesses the Strategy’s strengths and weaknesses.

Barnier and the 'vision thing': reinvigorating the Single Market
10 February 2010

When Michel Barnier takes up his portfolio as Internal Market and Services Commissioner today he will have a difficult job: not only reforming Europe’s financial markets but also providing a future vision for the Single Market, says Fabian Zuleeg in this Policy Brief.

What do citizens want? Well-being measurement and its importance for European social policy-making
9 December 2009

This Issue Paper by Sotiria Theodoropoulou with Fabian Zuleeg reviews the research on well-being measurement, identifies areas where it provides directions for policy-makers, and suggests ways of improving the measurement of well-being so it can provide a better indication of what citizens want.

Where next for the Lisbon Agenda?
25 May 2009

As the 2010 Lisbon Agenda deadline for making the EU “the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world” approaches, this Policy Brief by Hans Martens and Fabian Zuleeg analyses the progress made to date, warns that work on a successor to ‘Lisbon I’ must begin now, urges policy-makers to focus more strongly on long-term challenges and the new global realities, and insists that further structural reforms are essential if Europe wants to safeguard its economic and social models.

Blink and you missed it
8 May 2009

Ahead of this week’s EU Employment Summit, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said it was an opportunity to “keep employment at the top of the EU agenda, where it belongs”. But this Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg argues this opportunity was missed.

The recovery plan revisited
17 March 2009

This Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg and Hans Martens considers whether the measures taken so far are indeed “timely, temporary and targeted”.

The stimulus package: how much is enough - and what for?
27 November 2008

The European Commission’s economic recovery plan is a step in the right direction, but this commentary by Fabian Zuleeg and Hans Martens sounds a note of caution.

Tackling Europe's innovation deficit
6 November 2008

In a week when top EU policy-makers from European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet to Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes stressed the importance of innovation to boost Europe's competitiveness in a challenging economic climate, this Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg argues that while the EU has come a long way in the last decade, progress needs to be accelerated.

Where would we be now without the euro?
14 October 2008

With the global financial crisis high on the agenda at the 15-16 October EU Summit, this Commentary by Hans Martens and Fabian Zuleeg supports European Commission President José Manuel Barroso’s claim that the euro has been “a key steadying force”, preventing a currency crisis adding to the problems caused by the credit crunch.

Reducing unnecessary red tape: where are the low hanging fruits?
16 September 2008

This Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg and Marie-Hélène Fandel argues that the focus should not primarily be on less regulation, but on better regulation to achieve the EU’s policy objectives while avoiding unnecessary administrative burdens, to avoid the risk that changes designed to reduce bureaucracy will in fact make necessary legislation less effective.

Social Europe: moving forward but with small and cautious steps
17 July 2008

The underlying objectives of the European Commission’s recently published ‘Social Package’ chime strongly with the French EU Presidency’s emphasis on showing that Europe can do more to address its citizens’ concerns. But this Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg concludes that both its ambitions and content are somewhat limited.

The spectre of stagflation
13 June 2008

This Commentary, by Hans Martens and Fabian Zuleeg, argues that Europe is still far from stagflation, but if the current crisis encourages Europeans to coordinate their structural and fiscal policies more closely, some good might still come from it.

Europe, globalisation and the Single Market: lessons and comparisons
11 March 2008

This Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg argues that the Single Market provides an example of how economic integration can be made to work for ordinary people and how fears of globalisation can be allayed - if there is visionary leadership leading to economic reform, adequate international governance structures and if the benefits are communicated effectively to the public.

Gain without pain: towards a more rational use of energy
5 March 2008

As EU leaders prepare to discuss the European Commission’s climate change package at their 13-14 March Summit, this Working Paper by Marie-Hélène Fandel and Fabian Zuleeg argues that policy-makers risk overlooking an obvious way to make progress in the short term.

A bigger bang for our euros: how to reform the EU budget
24 January 2008

This Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg and Sara Hagemann, which outlines five key principles which should guide this review, warns that eastward enlargement, recent economic developments and the need to equip the EU to deal with the challenges which lie ahead make large-scale reform of the budget essential.

How to grow old without going bust
16 November 2007

This Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg argues that while pension reform is crucial, much more attention should also be paid to labour market reform.

Cultivating a market for innovation in Europe
11 October 2007

This Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg, Jennifer Green and Carlos Buhigas Schubert, reflecting discussions which have taken place in the EPC’s Innovation Task Force, sets out a ten-point plan for making Europe truly innovative and unlocking all its economic potential.