School of Transnational Governance

New Partnership Launched Between STG and CEPS

The STG will cooperate with the Brussels-based think-tank in a series of joint activities.

The New Year will bring the School of Transnational Governance to Brussels, thanks to the new partnership with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). In 2019, together with the leading Brussels-based think tank on European Affairs, the STG will launch a series of joint activities.

In February, the STG will take part in the sixth edition of CEPS Ideas Lab, the most high-profile annual event on policies of the European Union in Brussels. The Ideas Lab provides an intellectual forum for exchanges and discussion on current and pressing issues faced by the EU with the active involvement of policymakers, researchers and representatives from industries and the civil society.

At the 2019 edition of this event, the STG will highlight a selection of its Faculty’s research and projects, as well as innovative proposals by its Policy Leader Fellows.

In addition, the partnership is aimed at jointly organising Executive Training Seminars that will take place in Brussels, at CEPS’ premises. The first of this series will take place in spring 2019, and will focus on the role of national parliaments in the budget negotiations of the European Union. Professor Wolfgang Wessels, member of the STG Faculty, will coordinate the training with Dr. Cinzia Alcidi, Head of the Economic Policy Unit at CEPS.

In order to establish a smooth collaboration and exchange, the two institutions have agreed to host respective staff at their premises in Fiesole and Brussels.

“The partnership with CEPS is very important for our School, coming at a pivotal moment in its development,” said Fabrizio Tassinari, Executive Director of the STG, adding that “the partnership will enable the STG to cement collaboration with a respected policy research institution, and to establish a stronger presence with the policy community in Brussels, for the delivery of our ambitious executive education programme”.

Dr Alcidi praised the initiative, defining the partnership “a privileged opportunity to boost our academic ties and enhance the CEPS Academy activities”.