Clingendael European Studies Programme CESP

About CESP

The Clingendael European Studies Programme (CESP) develops, unites and disseminates topical expertise on European Union policy issues. Its research focuses on the political and administrative context of the European Union, the borders of the EU, current internal and external EU policy developments, and the position of The Netherlands in the enlarging Union. 

New publication in the Series Clingendael European Papers: From bending to stressing national interests? The impact of reforms and enlargements on EU negotiation between 1988-2008

December 22, 2008. This study discusses whether and how the role of the (Dutch) Permanent Representation has changed over the past twenty years. It has been written on the occasion of the farewell a Dutch senior official who served at the Permanent Representation to the EU between 1988 and 2008. Building on interviews with officials from national and EU administrations who worked with him during that time, the study has been able to identify major developments in the position of the Permanent Representation and, following from this, in the nature of European integration more generally.

New publication in the Series Clingendael European Papers: The European Union and Russia: Perception and Interest in the Shaping of Relations

December 11, 2008. Few countries confront the European Union with its own divisiveness and limitations as much as the Russian Federation does. Shared interests do not easily translate into harmonious relations. Russia and the European Union may depend on each other, but it proves extremely difficult to agree on the policies that serve these interests. Their asymmetric dependence generates uneasiness and discomfort rather than trust and security.

New publication on the EU’s climate change policy and its position in the world

December 10, 2008. In the run up to the high-level segment of the UN Climate Summit in Pozn├ín and the EU Summit in Brussels, a new paper, co-authored by CESP Fellow Louise van Schaik, discusses the EU’s international climate change position and its relations with domestic climate change policies.