WiseEuropa and Horizon2020

Since 2013 WiseEuropa has been working with public and private institutions in Poland and beyond, including the World Bank, the European Commission and business entities.

WiseEuropa’s H2020 project portfolio includes:

  • 7th Framework Program’s DYNAMIX – Decoupling growth from resource use and its environmental impacts,
  • Horizon 2020’s COP21 RIPPLES – COP 21 Results and Implications for Pathways and Policies for Low Emissions European Societies,
  • As of January 2018, H2020’s SEnECA “Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia relations”.

While conducting Polish and international research projects, WiseEuropa has been making the most of its quantitative and qualitative research toolkit working regularly with the government on designing and assessing public policies. This included WiseEuropa experts’ participation in the works of internal government committees focusing on selected sectoral policies.

Accordingly, WiseEuropa has had a major dissemination and outreach capacity in both Poland and Brussels, presenting research findings and facilitating discussions among policymakers, businesses, researches and the media during public and behind-closed-doors events.

WiseEuropa experts regularly contribute to the opinion media in Poland and internationally and the organization has a major network Central and Eastern Europe. WiseEuropa works with its international partners through the European Network of Economic Policy Research Institutes, the European Policy Institutes Network , Climate-KIC and Vision 2020: The Horizon Network.

WiseEuropa provides a result-oriented, timely and responsive work culture to meet the requirements of international projects.

WiseEuropa has the capacity to contribute to H2020 projects in the following, selected fields:

  • Climate action, clean energy, and energy efficiency,
  • Circular economy and management of natural resources,
  • Digital / innovation policies,
  • Smart & sustainable cities,
  • Sustainable transport,
  • Trade policies, transatlantic relations,
  • Europe’s relations with Asia-Pacific,
  • Migration challenges.

Key WiseEuropa H2020 competences include:

  • Macroeconomic modelling using large-scale DSGE and DCGE models. Key advantages: large complexity (many sectors and/or countries) combined with fully dynamic and stochastic modelling framework presenting short-, medium- and long-term macroeconomic impacts including climate, energy and environmental policies as well as labour market, fiscal stance and economic growth. We specialize in modelling both top-down policy instruments and bottom-up investment efforts.
  • Development of quantitative assessment tools for various sectors, including energy, manufacturing, transportation, mining, finances and ICT. Applications stretch from ex-ante and ex-post assessment of public policies to business strategic choices.
  • Socio-economic data analysis, on both macro- and micro-level, based on a broad range of econometric methods applied to areas of sustainable development, circular economy, energy and climate policy.
  • Qualitative socio-economic assessment of public policy, innovative technologies, labour market and business models (sociological, institutional etc.).
  • Combining perspectives on climate, energy and environmental issues, including the assessment of economic viability of decarbonisation, circular economy, macroeconomic, social inclusion and inequalities, and labour market impacts, local development opportunities related to low-carbon economy.
  • Being well-versed in the political economy of international trade, including economic, political, social and strategic dimensions of the world’s main regional or bilateral trade agreements (e.g. TPP, NAFTA, TTIP and other deals negotiated by the EU) as well as the monitoring of WTO and G20 activities.
  • In-depth knowledge of international relations, in particular of regions outside Europe (including Middle East, Central Asia, Asia-Pacific and Latin America), with a special focus on EU’s economic and political relations with those regions.
  • Deep understanding and involvement in public debate on abovementioned policies in the EU with a particular focus on Poland and Central and Eastern Europe.

WiseEuropa H2020 expertise includes:

  • Participation in the 7th Framework Program’s Dynamix project in which WiseEuropa prepared qualitative social assessment and quantitative economic modelling of the policy mix for resource efficiency. Using DSGE MEWA model potential resource efficiency policies were analyzed, including green tax reform. The policy mixes were also qualitatively assessed from the social perspective (i.e. inequalities, health, labour market impacts).
  • WiseEuropa contributes to the database of national transition scenarios for NDCs and 2°C/1.5°C pathways within H2020’s RIPPLES project led by IDDRI (call: “Pathways towards the decarbonization and resilience of the European economy in the timeframe 2030-2050 and beyond”) by providing scenarios for Poland. WiseEuropa will also conduct quantitative macroeconomic modelling using a DSGE model MEWA, focusing on carbon leakage risks and assessment of alternative financing strategies for low-carbon investments. One of the project meetings is to be held by WiseEuropa in Warsaw.
  • WiseEuropa takes part in SEnECA “Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia relations” project to kick off in January 2018. Its goal is to improve the research cooperation between Europe and Central Asia, develop a common research agenda and the EU’s Central Asia policy as well as promote importance of Central Asia for Europe.

Other WiseEuropa’s selected expertise includes:

  • “Big&Open Data in Europe. A growth engine or a missed opportunity” – the report analysed how Big&Open Data would be impacting EU countries’ economies by 2020. To assess its impact, the macroeconomic BOUDICA model (Big and Open Data Universal Impact Assessment model) was developed.
  • Low Emission Poland 2050 – a project that thoroughly analysed the costs and benefits of an ambitious climate policy in Poland with a horizon of more than 30 years, a bottom-up approach (modelling investment and fuel savings shocks) was used.
  • A macroeconomic assessment of mitigation measures foreseen by the Ministry of Economy, where both DSGE and Dynamic CGE modellings were conducted (in Polish)
  • Non-modelling work on energy, industrialization and labour market conducted within the Forum for Energy Analysis – an analysis of electricity prices’ impact on industrial competitiveness in Poland
  • An analysis of policy options related to Modernization Fund within EU ETS
  • The “Employment in Poland” report, including chapters on industrialization, advanced services, and digital skills.
  • Macroeconomic study (Resources Efficient Development Index) in which Poland with 21 other EU countries and Norway were compared in terms of resource efficiency of their respective development models. European ‘good practices’ in resource efficiency were presented and recommendations for reforms that would allow Poland to manage natural resources in a coherent, strategic and sustainable way were outlined.
  • WiseEuropa has prepared a study on the TTIP’s importance for Poland’s foreign policy and modernisation agendas (TTIP, Poland and globalisation, June 2015 – in Polish only). As members of the Five Freedoms Network, launched by ECIPE (Brussels) in 2016, WiseEuropa participates in a European debate on the Single Market and the EU’s external trade. WiseEuropa also monitors the on-going changes in the nature of global protectionism and in the public perception of international trade across the transatlantic, with leading Polish scholars in these fields participating as experts or fellows in the analytical work.

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Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

 


CONTACT

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Wojciech Białożyt
Managing Directror
e. wojciech.bialozyt@wise-europa.eu
t. +48 506 646 189