Past Projects

03/2016 – 03/2019

WeBER project

Involved in the WeBER (Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform) project, which was a three-year project funded by the EU and co-financed by the Netherlands.

The overall goal of WeBER was to increase the relevance, participation and capacity of civil society organisations and media in the Western Balkans to advocate for and influence the design and implementation of public administration reform (PAR). Specifically, WeBER aimed to (i) facilitate civil society monitoring of PAR based on evidence and analysis in the WB; (ii) facilitate sustainable regional and national level government-CSO consultation platforms, policy dialogue and quality media reporting on PAR; (iii) enable local watchdog and grassroots organisations and media to work on local PAR issues; and (iv) improve organisational and financial sustainability and transparency of the Think for Europe Network (TEN) and its member organisations.

WeBER was implemented by the Think for Europe Network (TEN) composed of EU policy oriented think tanks in the Western Balkans, and the EPC in Brussels.

Link to WeBER website

09/2012 – 10/2017

FutureLab Europe

Co-responsible for the FutureLab Europe project supported by a consortium of European foundations and led by the EPC. FutureLab Europe encouraged young Europeans in their active EU citizenship efforts by offering them concrete chances to shape the reality around them by providing support for the implementation of their own projects. The programme connected young and active citizens, who have a strong interest in matters of European relevance, mainly democracy and participation, equal opportunities for young people, and European identity.

Link to FutureLab Europe website

10/2009 – 03/2015

Institutional Development Advisor of demosEUROPA

Between 2006 and 2015 EU Institutional Development Advisor of the Polish think-tank demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy in Warsaw.

01/2010 – 10/2015

Brussels Think Tank Dialogue (BTTD)

Co-responsible on behalf of the EPC for conceptualizing and managing the Brussels Think Tank Dialogue (BTTD) organized by leading Brussels based think tanks.

10/2009 – 03/2013

Think Global – Act European

Responsible for the EPC's participation in the Think Global - Act European project organized by Notre Europe.

10/2009 – 07/2011

The Delphic Oracle on Europe

Co-edited a book together with Loukas Tsoukalis entitled The Delphic Oracle on Europe published by Oxford University Press in 2011. Authors include Josep Borrell Fontelles, Jonas Condomines Beraud, Olaf Cramme, Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Dieter Helm, Philippe Herzog, Jolyon Howorth, Zaki Laidi, Roger Liddle, Pier Carlo Padoan, André Sapir, and Loukas Tsoukalis.

Link to Oxford University Press

10/2009 – 01/2012

Senior Policy Analyst and Head of the Politics and Institutions Programme at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels.

Link to EPC

10/2009 – 03/2014

EU Politics and Governance Forum

Responsible for the EU Politics and Governance Forum run by the European Policy Centre (EPC). The Forum monitored and analysed developments in the institutional reform debate, and looked for ways to enrich that debate with innovative thinking about the current and long-term governance of the EU.

11/2009 – 10/2010

The Treaty of Lisbon: A Second Look at the Institutional Innovations

Between 2009-2010 co-responsible on behalf of the European Policy Centre (EPC) for a joint study entitled "The Treaty of Lisbon: A Second Look at the Instituional Innovations" prepared jointly by the EPC, the Egmont Institute and CEPS on the institutional consequences of the Lisbon Treaty.

Link to study

04/2024 – 04/2024


Nur ein Test


05/2005 – 03/2010

Venusberg Group

Between 2005-2012 member of the Venusberg Group brought together by the Bertelsmann Foundation to nurture the debate about the future of the EU's foreign, security and defence policy.

10/2007 – 09/2009

Stavros Costopoulos Research Fellow at ELIAMEP

Between 2007-2009 Stavros Costopoulos Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) aiming to strengthen ELIAMEP's presence in the debates about the future of the EU. Tasks included (i) the preparation of strategy, policy and discussion papers, (ii) the establishment of new channels for disseminating ELIAMEP's research results and policy proposals, and (iii) the expansion of ELIAMEP's presence in European networks and in international media. Specific fields of interest included proposals concerning the reform of the EU's institutional power structure, the analysis of the EU Reform Treaty and the future development of the European constitutional process, the politicisation of the EU, as well as the future of differentiation in an EU 27+.


04/2008 – 05/2009

Member of US-European Working Group on Security and Defence

Between 2008-2009 member of a US-European Working Group on Security and Defence jointly run by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the RAND corporation consiting of leading American and European experts on international, transatlantic and European affairs. The outcome of their discussions was reflected in the report "Revitalizing the Transatlantic Security Partnership" written by F. Stephen Larrabee and Julian Lindley-French.

03/2012 – 03/2022

Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre (EPC)

Director of Studies and part of the management team at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels

Link to EPC

03/2006 – 05/2009

Member of the L'Esprit de Sel Group

Between 2006-2009 member of the L'Esprit de Sel Group, a group invited by Marek Siwiec, then Vice-President of the European Parliament. Other members of the Group included: Carl-Fredrik Bergström, Lykke Fries, Christophe Hillion, Paul Hofheinz, Gaetane Ricard-Nihoul, Pawel Swieboda, and Tamas Szemler.

03/2013 – 03/2022

New Pact for Europe project

Co-responsible for the New Pact for Europe (NPE) project, which is supported by an international consortium of European foundations and aims to promote a Europe-wide debate about the future of Europe. The NPE project has published three major European reports since 2013. The first report described and aanalysed five strategic options for the future of Europe ('Going Back to the Basics'; 'Consolidating Past Achievements'; 'Moving Ahead Ambitiously'; 'Leaping Forward'; 'Changing the More/Less Europe Logic'). The latest report was published in November 2017 calling on the EU leadership to Re-energise Europe by agreeing and implementing a 'win-win package deal' for the EU27. This final NPE report was the culmination of five years of work at EU and member state level. It reflects more than 120 national and transnational debates with policymakers, experts, civil society organisations, 'ordinary' citizens, and other stakeholders across Europe, which took place between 2013-2017 in 17 EU countries.

For a video about the NPE project see here.

01/2009 – 09/2009

The Delphic Oracle on Europe: Politics and Policies

In 2009 co-responsible for a high-level conference organized by ELIAMEP entitled "The Delphic Oracle on Europe: Politics and Policies". In the course of this 6th European Seminar a group of around 40 leading academics, practitioners, think tankers and journalists analysed and evaluated the outcome of the 2009 European elections, and debated the redefinition of economic governance in the EU in light of the current global crisis, Europe's global role in a rapidly changing international environment, the perspectives for a "Green Europe", and the future of the Lisbon Treaty. The conference took place between 25-28 June 2009, in Delphi, Greece.


03/2017 – 12/2022

Connecting Europe

Co-responsible for the Connecting Europe project, which is a joint initiative by the EPC and Stiftung Mercator aiming to overcome the widening gap between the EU and its citizens. The project allows civil society, activists, engaged citizens, think tanks, and academia to actively engage in EU decision-making processes in Brussels. Connecting Europe wants to enable the multiple networks supported by Stiftung Mercator to navigate smoothly and independently through the European institutions and within the multi-stakeholder environment in Brussels, so that they can promote their ideas, expertise, and experience.

The project entails joint, forward-looking activities on the future of Europe that will foster dialogue and exchange among policymakers and next-generation voices, on youth, climate, migration and other key issues. In doing so, the project wants to break down the silos of the debate on the local, regional, national and European level and build bridges between different actors. It aims to connect the remarkable potential of hands-on endeavors in local contexts, in civil society, research and among the youth, with people and processes in Brussels. At the same time, Brussels' decision-makers are invited to experience and harness the constructive contributions that engaged Europeans are undertaking towards cohesion and connection in Europe every day.

Link to EPC

03/2020 – 12/2023

Conference Observatory

Co-responsible for the Conference Observatory, which is a joint initiative by an international consortium comprising the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the European Policy Centre, the King Baudouin Foundation, and the Stiftung Mercator. The initiative aims to observe, analyse and inspire the deliberations on the Conference on the Future of Europe. The Observatory wants to make the Conference a meaningful and successful endeavour by monitoring its proceedings, providing policy input and recommendations on the strategic priorities that citizens will discuss, and assessing the potential institutional and legal consequences of debates conducted during the Conference and thereafter.

Link to Conference Observatory

01/2008 – 08/2008

The EU and its Neighbours: In Search of New Forms of Partnership

In 2008 co-responsible for a conference jointly organized by ELIAMEP and the Bertelsmann Foundation on "The EU and its Neighbours: In Search of New Forms of Partnership" held nearby Athens between 3-6 July 2008. The conference brought together a group of around 40 leading thinkers and policy-makers from different European and non-European countries to brainstorm on the perspectives for the relationship between the EU and its eastern and southern neighbouring countries.


01/2019 – 12/2022

EU IDEA (Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability)

Involvement in the EU IDEA (Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability) project led by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and funded by Horizon2020. EU IDEA puts together 15 EU and extra-EU partners (including the EPC) in a joint research and dissemination effort coordinated by IAI, staring from January 2019 and lasting for three years.

The project examines the historical and philosophical foundations of differentiation, within and outside the EU (WP1); it addresses differentiation in relation to governance and accountability (WP 2), constitutionalisation and European identity issues (WP 3); it analyses the EU's practice of differentiation in key policy areas such as the Economic and Monetary Union and the single market, the foreign, security and defense policy, and the area of freedom, security and justice, including migration policy (WP 4-5-6), keeping a special focus on the implications of Brexit (WP 7); and it investigates the different national visions as regards differentiation, both at the level of political elites and citizens (WP 8).

The results of the research will be used to define the criteria –institutional, political and social – to analyse future scenarios of differentiated integration (or disintegration) and to draw up recommendations to European and national institutions (WP 9).

Link to IAI

05/2019 – 12/2020

Walking the tightrope: regulating information intermediaries to protect and support public discourse

Co-responsible for the project "Walking the tightrope: regulating information intermediaries to protect and support public discourse".

The project aims to help preserve a public discourse that enables and supports the deliberative process necessary for a democracy to function proporely. To achieve this objective, the project aims – in the short term – to identify the negative effects intermediaries, such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube and others have on the public dicsourse, develop a joint understanding of these effects, and come up with adequate and effective ideas and policy proposaly to mitigate these effects. In the medium term, the project also aims to implement these ideas and policy recommendations by presenting, discussing and actively advocating for them both in Brussels and in the member states.

The project, which is supported by Civitates, is run together with AlgorithmWatch and the Mainzer Medieninstutut.

05/2008 – 09/2009


Between 2008-2009 co-founder and editor of the bulletin ELIAMEP Thesis. The series covers topical issues related to EU integration, to Europe's role in global affairs and to recent developments in international affairs.

Link to ELIAMEP Thesis

01/2002 – 07/2007

Research Projects at the Center for Applied Policy Research in Munich

Between 2002-2007 responsible for two research projects related to the reform of the European Union run jointly by a group of researchers at the Center for Applied Policy Research (C·A·P) and the Bertelsmann Foundation, Guetersloh (Germany).

In the framework of these projects Janis A. Emmanouilidis published widely on the EU's overall political, institutional and constitutional development, the Union's foreign, security and defence policy, the implications of EU enlargement and the perspectives of differentiated integration in an EU 27+.

He was co-author of the strategy papers prepared for the International Bertelsmann Forum 2004 and the International Bertelsmann Forum 2006 and for the Karlspreis Fora 2002-2004. During this time he was also editor of Spotlight Europe (formerly Reform Spotlight, Convention Spotlight), European correspondent of the German monthly journal Internationale Politik, chair of a working group in the framework of a project jointly conducted with the Renmin University of China, functioned as an advisor of national governments, EU institutions, European parties and NGOs on a broad range of issues related to European integration, and commented on EU affairs for various German and international media.

09/2015 – 03/2022

Member of CEP Council

Since 2017 member of the CEP Council, which includes distinguished national and international experts, high-level representatives of renowned national institutions in Serbia, academia and international and multi-lateral organisations. The Council is entrusted with an advisory and steering role in shaping the CEP strategic and program framework and providing recommendations for its further development. Simultaneously, the Council contributes to the further advancement of research methodologies and capacities in the individual programme areas of CEP, as well as support the wider outreach of CEP's research results among key stakeholders and the public in general.

Link to CEP

09/2015 – 03/2022

Member of ELIAMEP Advisory Committee

Since 2015 member of the Advisory Committe of the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).

Link to ELIAMEP Advisory Committee

12/1999 – 11/2002

Issues and Consequences of EU Enlargement

Between 1999 and 2002 responsible for a project on "Issues and Consequences of EU Enlargement" run jointly by the Center for Applied Policy Research and the Bertelsmann Foundation. In the framework of this project Janis A. Emmanouilidis was academic coordinator of the international strategy group Thinking Enlarged, which worked out and published two reports on the future of the integration process from the perspective of an enlarged European Union.

09/2009 – 03/2022

Research Associate at ELIAMEP

Since September 2009 Research Associate at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).


02/1995 – 11/1997

IEP project on the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)

Between 1995-1997 responsible for a research project conducted by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) dedicated to the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). The project included the preparation of specialized research studies, active participation in the institute's advocacy of the German Foreign Ministry, the planning and organising of international seminars and conferences and the editing of the institute's CFSP publications.

Link to IEP