The Centre for European Policy Studies

Founded in Brussels in 1983, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) is among the most experienced and authoritative think tanks operating in the European Union today. CEPS serves as a leading forum for debate on EU affairs, but its most distinguishing feature lies in its strong in-house research capacity, complemented by an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world. CEPS’ funding is obtained from a variety of sources, including membership fees, project research, foundation grants, conferences fees, publication sales and an annual grant from the European Commission.

Team members

Dr. Arno Behrens

Arno is Head of Energy and Research Fellow CEPS, where he specialises in EU energy policy issues related to the long-term sustainability of the EU energy system, security of European energy supplies, the integration of the EU markets for electricity and gas, external energy policies, sustainable energy in developing countries, and development finance. Before CEPS, he worked at the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Commission, the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), UNIDO and UNDP. Arno is an economist and holds a PhD in social ecology and environmental economics.

Vasileios Rizos

Vasileios is a Research Fellow at CEPS and an expert in various aspects of the circular economy. Prior to joining CEPS, Vasileios was a Project Officer at the Confederation of European Paper Industries where he worked, among others, on producer responsibility schemes for paper recycling in Europe. He has also worked as a trainee at the DG Environment of the European Commission where he dealt with the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive and the use of economic instruments for improving resource efficiency across the EU. Vasileios Rizos joined CEPS’ Energy and Climate Change Unit in February 2013. His main research areas at CEPS include circular economy, industrial sustainability, green value chains, low-carbon transport and resource efficiency indicators. Vasileios has extensive experience in analysing the regulatory and market barriers and enablers to the adoption of circular economy strategies by EU businesses. Vasileios holds an MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh and a 5-year degree in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development from the Agricultural University of Athens. He is fluent in English and Greek.

Katja Tuokko

Katja is a Researcher at CEPS Energy and Climate unit. Her research focus deals with the regulatory environment for circular economy at EU level as well as implications of international climate change policy to the EU. She has contributed to several research projects for the European Commission with a focus on analysis of energy price developments in the EU and the role of EU legislation in driving energy costs. Prior to joining CEPS in 2015, she was Research and teaching assistant at the College of Europe in Bruges and worked for an MEP in the ITRE and ENVI committees of the European Parliament. Katja holds a MA from the College of Europe with a focus on EU environmental governance and energy policy.  She also holds a MSSC from the University of Helsinki and conducted studies at Sciences Po Paris and University of Stockholm.