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Group of Societal Policy Analysis (GSPA)

The European Commission has set up an external advisory ‘Group of Societal Policy Analysis’ (GSPA). The group, set up through the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), in order to provide input to the Commission’s thinking in two key policy areas: reform of Europe’s social models and improving the European research effort. The group is one of three external advisory groups to the European Commission, which involve experts from the fields of economics, politics and the social sciences. The common aim of the Commission in setting up the three groups is to provide President Barroso and Commissioners with impartial expert advice before policy is formulated.

The external members of the GSPA are as follows:

Special Adviser

Loukas TSOUKALIS (permanent member of GSPA), Professor at the University of Athens and the College of Europe, Bruges; President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP); formerly Oxford University and the London School of Economics.

External members

Frans VAN VUGHT, Professor, Rector, University of Twente

João BORGES DE ASSUNÇAO, Professor, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Gösta ESPING ANDERSEN, Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

Julian LE GRAND, Professor, London School of Economics

Klaus ZIMMERMANN, Professor, University of Bonn and President, DIW Berlin

François BOURGUIGNON, Director, Paris School of Economics

Maurizio FERRERA, Professor,  State University of Milan

Claire KILPATRICK, University Lecturer, Law Dpt., London School of Economics

Jitka RYCHTARIKOVA, Professor, Charles University, Prague


Meeting of 3 April 2007

The fourth meeting of the GSPA was held on 3 April 2007, in Brussels, and was devoted to : "Fairness across generations: an agenda for Europe's youth of today and tomorrow"
Summary of the meeting: (pdf document 28 Kb)

Meeting of 7 December 2006

The third meeting of GSPA was held on 7 December 2006, in Brussels, and was devoted to the follow up of the topic "Investing in Youth"
Summary of the meeting: (pdf document 24 Kb)

Meeting - 8 September 2006

This second GSPA meeting was held on the 8th of September 2006. It was devoted to the following topic: "Investing in Youth".
Summary of the meeting: (pdf document 113 Kb)

Meeting - 6 October 2005

The first meeting of GSPA took place on 6th October and was devoted to (i) Challenges to European Social Model and (ii) the European Institute of Technology.

Summary report of session 1 - part 1  (pdf document 182 Kb)

Summary report of session 1 - part 2 (pdf document 187 Kb)








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