Agenda

  • Tue
    30
    Aug
    2022

    Online Debate: “Europe’s energy supply with Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Franziska Brantner”, August 30 (IEP, Germany)

    Online Event

    The question of the security of energy supply in Europe is more urgent than ever in the face of Russia’s war of aggression. In the future, European energy policy must also be thought of as a security policy. Germany plays a special role here. With the REPowerEU package, the European Commission wants to contribute to the EU’s energy independence. How can we achieve strategic sovereignty in the field of energy supply without creating new dependencies? Which approaches are being pursued at federal and EU level? How can the conflict of objectives between short-term security of supply and long-term ecological transformation be resolved in the European context?

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    30
    Aug
    2022

    Seminar: “How Important Are Traditional Values for Putin’s Support?”, August 30 (NUPI, Norway)

    Oslo, Norway

    Since at least 2011–12, the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin has increasingly based its claims to legitimacy on support for “traditional” Russian values, values that have included religious and anti-LGBTQ+ appeals. We know very little, however, about whether this has actually worked. This reflects a larger gap in our understanding of authoritarian legitimacy: To what extent can legitimacy be shored up by illiberal “traditionalist” appeals?

    Learn more here.

  • Fri
    02
    Sep
    2022

    Workshop: “Back to the future? Japan-China-US power politics”, September 2 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Florence, Italy

    This workshop hosts major academics working on US, China and Japan’s foreign and security policies hailing from three continents in a event devoted to the discussion of contemporary triangular relations.

    2022 marks 50 years since President Richard Nixon’s surprise visit to China and the landmark Shanghai Communique, but also 50 years since the normalisation of diplomatic relations between Japan and China. Tokyo and Washington have consistently engaged China throughout most of these five decades, while China’s rise during the 21st Century brought along stormy power political undercurrents beneath Japan-China-US relations.

    This workshop includes the participation of major academics working on US, China and Japan’s foreign and security policies hailing from three continents in a event devoted to the discussion of contemporary triangular relations.

    Kindly note this event will be recorded.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    08
    Sep
    2022

    Online Workshop: “Working with Complexity”, September 8 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    The increasing complexity of policies requires governments and administrations to adapt and to find new and innovative solutions. In this workshop, we discuss how policy makers and administrations can cope with complexity, and how the challenge of increasing complexity can be seen as providing opportunities for innovation.

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    14
    Sep
    2022

    Course: “Performance Auditing of EU Co-Funded Investments by the European Court of Auditors 2021-2027”, September 14-16 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Results, or no results – that is the key question! The European Court of Auditors (ECA) carries out three types of audit on EU policies and spending programmes: financial, compliance and performance audits. Each of them has different objectives, addresses different audit questions and applies different methodologies. This course is about the ambition of the EU to be more results-oriented in the current programming period 2021–2027 using a framework where performance and results are the keywords.

    This highly practical course presents all aspects of each stage of the performance audit process. It includes the unique feature of providing an insight into how the European Court of Auditors plan, prepare and implement their audit assignments, covering real-life audit case studies and experiences of the Court’s teams.

    It explains how performance will be measured during the 2021–2027 period, has some unique features and insights with regard to the analysis of costs and benefits, and explains in detail the audit methodologies and tools used. It also demonstrates the strength of key performance indicators, and how to use them. The new aspect is that, when applying for this course, you will be given the opportunity to choose your preferred case study to work on from a broad range of different audits proposed by the Court’s team.

    What will you learn

    After the presentation of each stage of a performance audit, you will work on real-life case studies in small working groups with direct involvement and guidance from the key experts from the European Court of Auditors. This will enable you to learn how to carry out a performance audit yourself in your institution.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    15
    Sep
    2022

    Roundtable: “CAF and Supreme Audit Institutions: Enhancing integrity in public sector”, September 15 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Public sector entities face increasing budgetary and operational pressures and the need for effective use of resources at a time of multiple and complex pressures. Auditors need to give assurance that public sector entities are responding to these challenges effectively and by doing so can enhance citizens’ trust in government at a time when it is being increasingly questioned.

    Public sector audit therefore needs to be forward looking as well as backward looking and change its approach to audit including broadening their skill set to make use of emerging technologies.

    The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) developed by the EUPAN network with the support of the CAF National Correspondents and EIPA,  has the potential to help for Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) to meet these challenges by bringing about culture change and more effective operational processes.

    During this session we will look into how the auditors can better target resources and be better skilled in assessing what to audit as well as how to audit.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    15
    Sep
    2022

    Seminar: “The role of strategic litigation in nationality matters”, September 15 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Florence, Italy

    The seminar will focus in particular on the role of strategic litigation in challenging citizenship law as the last permitted field for discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, or religion. The right to a nationality is unique among other rights set out in the international treaties in having no meaning outside of an international legal order made up of states. At the same time, the importance of the right to a nationality as the foundation for other human rights is rapidly increasing, as requirements to prove legal identity and immigration status become ever more pervasive. Because nationality is defined and created by national laws, legal remedies will almost always be needed for those excluded from recognition. This paper will consider the particular role of strategic litigation in shaping those remedies. Although other forms of advocacy to change a law or policy will always be needed, success in an important case can provide a fulcrum for wider advocacy for years to come, elevating the status of an issue in the eyes of the media, politicians and wider public, and shaping the narrative of what is happening. Litigation can make visible the particular viciousness of exclusion from nationality among disadvantaged groups generally ignored by wider society. Strategic litigation may also have impacts across borders. This is most obviously the case for decisions of the international courts and treaty bodies – indeed, in the most blocked situations, such cases may have more influence in another country than they do in their own. But cases at national level, especially from similar legal systems, may also be persuasive in another country. The paper will focus in particular on the role of strategic litigation in challenging citizenship law as the last permitted field for discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, or religion. The presentation will draw on an evaluation of the Open Society Justice Initiative’s litigation over almost two decades on access to citizenship and identity documents, and a practitioners’ toolkit on the basis of the same evaluation.

    Learn more here.

  • Fri
    16
    Sep
    2022

    Online Workshop: “Crisis Management”, September 16 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    Recent health crisis and natural disasters have highlighted the urgent need for effective crisis management to increase preparedness and capabilities for response. In this workshop, we will present EU policies and initiatives, and discuss opportunities and challenges of transboundary crisis management.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    19
    Sep
    2022

    Online Course: “Managing Migration in Europe”, September 19 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Online Event

    In the coming years, the European Union (institutions, Member States, national parliaments, EU agencies, regions, etc.) should mobilise its resources and have its legislative, diplomatic, financial, security and humanitarian instruments drive a global strategy.

    To this end, for those working, researching or purely interested in this important policy it is critical to review, extend and update the knowledge and understanding of the instruments, best practices and tools on the current European migration and asylum policy.

    The programme, therefore, includes an overview of the main legal instruments for migration management at the EU level, as well as its main actors. Participants will understand and reflect upon implementation challenges that might arise when using these instruments at a national level.

    Linking theory to immediate practice, this three-day seminar incorporates interactive presentations on the technical content, practical case studies in small groups and feedback sessions.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    20
    Sep
    2022

    Course: “Financial Management and Audit of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds 2021-2027”, September 20-23 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    How have Programme Finance, Financial Management and Audit rules changed for the new 2021-2027 period? What are the key live issues for finance, control and audit at present and how are these likely to evolve in the future? What do new Programmes look like and have they taken advantage of the new, extraordinary financial flexibilities?

    This course will compare the Financial Management and Audit rules between the 2014-2020 and 2021-2027 programming periods. There will be a special focus on financial planning, increasing the use of Simplified Costs Options, anti-fraud measures and protecting the audit trail.

    We will also ask what financial management and audit lessons the new Structural Funds programmes and the new national RRF plans can learn from the 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy programming period.

    What you will learn?

    Dermot Byrne, a leading Member State audit practitioner, will underline how control and audit differ, look in detail at the audit of accounts, systems and operations for 2021-2027, and highlight key audit issues for Cohesion Policy and the RRF.

    Using ARACHNE may become a requirement for some projects in the future. Luc Molemans, the European Commission’s ARACHNE Project manager, will explain and illustrate how ARACHNE works and how you can use it.

    We look at how to complete the Simplified Cost Options section of the new OP template.

    We will take a close look at the Programme and Reporting templates for the new Structural Funds programmes, examining the special link between finance and performance, and how will you report programme progress.

    Finally, we take a special look at the urgent actions of the RRF (as well as under the CARE initiative) and the live issues of project selection, financial control and audit.

    How we work

    We aim to make the course as interactive as possible. Participants will have ample opportunity to exchange views informally on the course topics. Workshops and exercises will be used to help participants get to grips with practical tools and methodologies.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    20
    Sep
    2022

    Course: “Artificial Intelligence: Legal Challenges”, September 20-23 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    The first part of the course will zoom into the fundamental concepts related to artificial intelligence from the ethics and fundamental rights perspective.

    In sessions on ‘A European Strategy on Data and Artificial Intelligence’, you will gain a clear overview of how the European legal frameworks, including new proposals, address the challenges of technological disruption and the use of artificial intelligence technologies. You will understand how data can be made available for use and reuse in compliance with European principles and values, but also the roles of new actors (e.g. data-sharing providers, operators and users) and their responsibilities in developing, deploying and using artificial intelligence. The aim of the European Strategy on Artificial Intelligence to protect citizens and consumers, and stimulate positive innovation at the same time, will be the focus in the discussion on regulatory sandboxes and the gatekeeper role of the data protection authorities.

    Over the last decades, the concept of data protection has been provoked by technological innovation and with artificial intelligence technologies, it is no different. So, a special focus will be placed on privacy and data protection. But other areas of law, such as tort law and competition law, can address the reliability of artificial intelligence technologies and additional concerns related to the deep market changes in a digitalised world.

    In the last part of the course, sectoral specificities will be addressed. By landscaping the current state of the art in the different sectors, you will gain insights into how the Member States intend to integrate artificial intelligence in their governance processes, how the enforcement agencies are harnessing artificial intelligence technologies in their work and how the uptake of artificial intelligence has redesigned the healthcare services.

    What will you learn

    You will:

    • become familiar with the concepts of artificial intelligence, high-risk artificial intelligence, open data, use and reuse of data, and data altruism;
    • develop knowledge of relevant EU instruments, including the General Data Protection Regulation, Data Governance Act (proposal), Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act and the Regulation on a European Approach for Artificial Intelligence (proposal);
    • discuss challenges and opportunities related to the deployment and use of artificial intelligence technologies;
    • understand the concept of regulatory sandboxes and how this new ‘experimental instrument’ which emerged as a response to regulatory lag and frictions, supports innovation in the artificial intelligence field;
    • understand the frictions between data protection provisions and the use of artificial intelligence;
    • gain insights into how artificial intelligence has been harnessed or is intended to be harnessed in government processes and for public services, by the enforcement agencies and in the healthcare sector;
    • gain knowledge on how to ensure competition in a digitised world and how tort law applies to artificial intelligence systems;
    • become familiar with the risks and threats when using artificial intelligence technologies;
    • benefit directly from the insights of artificial intelligence policymakers and experts, and benefit from networking opportunities during the online breaks;
    • develop your international professional network in the field of artificial intelligence and data protection.

    Course methodology/highlights

    This course is also open to participants with less advanced knowledge of artificial intelligence and governance of data. It therefore includes:

    • detailed explanations of the key concepts, principles, roles and responsibilities of the artificial intelligence actors;
    • insights with practical examples based on thorough scientific research;
    • input and coaching on practical issues encountered by participants;
    • a highly interactive approach with opportunities to ask questions and share experiences.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2022

    Online Workshop: “Strategic Foresight”, September 22 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    To anticipate the future is of utmost importance for governments to being able to adapt and prepare for change. In this workshop, we will present various EU initiatives and tools to integrate strategic foresight in policy making, and we will discuss the importance of administrative capacities for system resilience and preparedness.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2022

    Conference: “Radicalisation, secularism and the governance of religion”, September 22-23 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Brussels, Belgium

    How do different countries govern religious diversity? How can religiously motivated violent radicalisation be prevented while upholding fundamental rights? The GREASE project has spent the past three years exploring these and related questions in diverse parts of the world. The consortium’s key findings are being presented and discussed at a two-day research and policy conference in Brussels. Participants include leading researchers from around the globe.

    Topics:

    • How religious diversity is managed in different societies
    • How countries in various world regions deal with religiously inspired violent radicalization
    • How states and religious institutions engage with one another (and with what outcomes)
    • Strengths and limitations of secularist approaches
    • How religion relates to nationalism

    Learn more here.

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2022

    Conference: “World Trade Forum 2022”, September 23-24 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Bern, Switzerland

    The 2022 World Trade Forum, which is scheduled to take place from 23-24 September 2022, will bring together trade policy researchers and practitioners to discuss recent developments in global trade and investment.

    The main themes of the conference will include the shift from multilateral to a mix of plurilateral and unilateral approaches to managing systemic challenges like climate change; the turn towards industrial policy; changes in value chain-based production and trade in response to COVID-19; policy dimensions of the digitalization of trade; and the state of play in multilateral governance of the global trading system.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    26
    Sep
    2022

    Course: “EU Financial Services Law for Non-Lawyers: Institutional and Regulatory Framework – What’s New?”, September 26 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Luxembourg

    In March 2019, the European Parliament and the Member States reached a political agreement to reform the current system of financial supervision with a view of strengthening the macro- and micro-prudential supervision at the EU level. This course explains the legal system for financial services regulation and supervision before and after the reform and it clarifies the distribution of competences between the national and the EU level and the implementation of laws at both levels.

    In this course, participants will learn about the respective roles and powers of various actors involved in the decision-making in financial services, with a particular emphasis on the tasks of the EU supervisory authorities (ESAs).

    This course will also show participants the current status in the transposition of the EC’s CAD/CAR IV in the financial sector and the roles played by the SSM and the ECB in banking supervision.

    Finally, the different legal proceedings which can be initiated before the Court of Justice of the EU to challenge the legality of the actions of the ESAs, the ECB and the SRB will be thoroughly examined.

    What will you learn:

    Are you working on financial services files and you are keen on gaining a clear overview of the number of regulatory components that compose the so-called EU Financial Services Law? Would you like to know about the adoption mechanisms of the EU financial legal instruments, and who contributed to their adoption? Are you aware the different procedures which can be initiated by natural and legal persons to contest the legality of these EU financial instruments?

    Thanks to this course you will learn about:

    • The EU regulatory framework for financial services;
    • The current institutional setup for the supervision of financial institutions;
    • The difference between the roles of the European Supervisory Authorities and the national supervisory authorities;
    • The growing role of EU agencies in drafting legislation, as well as in ensuring their proper implementation by the Member States;
    • The modus operandi of the EU Banking Union and the role of the European Central Bank and the SSM in supervising EU banks;
    • The judicial remedies available to challenge the legality of the actions of the ESAs, the ECB and the SRB and about recent litigation in financial services.

    Course methodology/highlights:

    The course sessions will be conducted by experts providing a presentation on key topics, illustrated with examples and cases from financial legal practice. All sessions will be followed by Q&A periods allowing for the exchange of ideas and discussion periods where participants will have the possibility to share professional experiences.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    26
    Sep
    2022

    Online Roundtable: “In defence of democracy in the EU political system”, September 26-27 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Online Event

    Democracies around the world have been faced with a series of interrelated challenges in recent years and European democracies are no different. Events in the last two years have exacerbated many of the most troubling trends and continue to test different elements of democratic politics across the continent. Amidst the immense socio-economic and political consequences from the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the EU’s commitment to and support of democracy is more important than ever.

    The challenge today for democracies in Europe and beyond is how to become more open and more resilient. Nevertheless, the unique constitutional arrangement of the European Union adds a level of complexity that warrants focused attention. Together with the need for effective climate action and a just energy as well as a digital transition, these crises have also raised the bar for better governance in the European Union (EU) political system. Forging an effective response will require innovation to reengage with the European electorate and consolidation to strengthen democratic institutions. It will also require greater promotion of the rule of law and greater protection for the kind of free speech that facilitates a rational political debate. This policy roundtable brings together politicians, policymakers, academics, and policy analysts to set an agenda for positive action. Speakers from across Europe, as well as, from across the political spectrum will come together to assess the way forward centred around 4 main themes:

    • Innovating democracy: Citizens’ participation in the EU system after the Conference on the Future of Europe
    • Consolidating democracy: Reform of the electoral system for the European Parliament and its right to initiate legislation
    • Protecting democracy: How to defend and advance the rule of law within the European Union?
    • Protecting democracy: How to safeguard rational political debate from disinformation, whilst respecting free speech?

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    28
    Sep
    2022

    Course: “Get Ready to Use the Right Skills in Bilateral Negotiations”, September 28-29 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Leaders and managers often think that negotiation skills training is only important for those who are directly exposed, such as teams and power negotiators in the organisation.

    The reality is that no matter where in the organisation we are, we are negotiating on a daily basis to complete our work. Developing practical negotiation skills in leaders and managers as well as team members is the key to success for any organisation.

    These skills teach you to focus on both the result and the relationship in any negotiation, deliberation or discussion.  That’s why negotiation skills are crucial to create greater value for any organisation.

    Here is what you and your team can expect to learn from the first step on EIPA’s negotiation training path:

    • improve analytical and interpersonal soft skills in negotiation processes;
    • negotiate a mandate and build a negotiation strategy;
    • prepare and conduct a negotiation;
    • build a mapping of stakeholders;
    • evaluate your negotiation and decision-making abilities while bargaining on any matter;
    • learn how to use practical tools and techniques of negotiation through simulated situations.

    The objective of this two-day seminar is to make participants aware of the essential skills and techniques in negotiations. Several simulation exercises expose participants to various situations of negotiation. Debriefing sessions combined with theoretical insight provide participants with crucial learning points and takeaways to master the usual challenges of negotiations.

    What will you learn

    What essential techniques and negotiation skills will you acquire or improve?

    By the end of the training, participants will know how to:

    • define a negotiation strategy;
    • enforce a negotiation mandate;
    • use essential communication techniques to ensure optimal impact in any situation;
    • master the most frequently encountered tactics used in negotiations;
    • bargain and secure pay offs in viable deals.

    Course methodology/highlights

    The teaching method – highly operational in nature – uses a bottom-up approach based on several scenarios either hypothetical cases, or real-life cases introduced by the participants themselves.

    The simulation exercises offer a learning-by-doing approach, while serving as eye-openers for participants.

    The exercises help them acquire essential techniques and tools to negotiate better.

    The trainers assist participants in building their individual action plan, aiming at implementing and developing their new negotiation abilities.

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    28
    Sep
    2022

    Online Course: “European Defence & Security: New Threats, New Responses”, September 28-30 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Online Event

    An ever changing international stage and new threats such as cyber-attacks, climate change, hybrid threats, global terrorism, etc. call for more integrated mechanisms and strategic autonomy. This course is a unique opportunity to get a thorough understanding and practical approach of how the EU is trying to address and prioritise this key topic.

    The programme analyses how the EU is boosting its ambitions, efforts and tools to address rapidly evolving security challenges both within the EU and outside its borders. Throughout the course, participants will receive a complete understanding of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), the institutional mechanisms linked to it and the state of play on how the EU is acting on the defence and security front (internally and externally) and facing new threats (in particular, cyberthreats and climate change) with key partners (institutional, private sector and the non-state actors).

    The course combines different learning approaches:

    • Interactive training sessions on the CSDP, new threats, EU partnerships in the field of Defence and Security and geopolitical dynamics;
    • Training resources and suggested readings;
    • Debates and discussions between practitioners and participants.

    Learn more here.

  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2022

    Helsinki Security Forum 2022: “Northern European Security Redone”, September 30 – October 2 (FIIA, Finland)

    Helsinki Security Forum brings together leaders, foreign policy experts and international media to discuss how this change affects Europe and what kind of role the European north has in this changing geopolitical environment. The theme of 2022 – Northern European Security Redone.

    The first of the annual Helsinki Security Forum conference will be organized 30 September to 2 October 2022, in Hotel Clarion Jätkäsaari. The main panel discussions of HSF 2022 can be virtually attended by everyone. The HSF is organized by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), with support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Ministry of Defence of Finland, the Prime Minister’s office, and the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. The President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, acts as the patron of the conference.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    03
    Oct
    2022

    Online Course: “Introduction to the Better Regulation Agenda”, October 3 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    What you will learn in this course:

    • the key concepts of Better Regulation (BR) and how they are applied across the policymaking cycle.
    • how the BR tools are used in practice in the European Commission (EC).
    • how Member States (MSs) implement the Better Regulation Agenda and gain insight into the challenges and pitfalls of different modalities

    Course methodology/highlights

    The course will be led by experts who have decades of both research and practical experience in evaluation in an EU context and beyond.

    The course delivery will combine interactive presentations, showcasing practical examples, quick polls to consolidate concepts and quick group exercises.

    Learning path on Better Regulation

    This introductory course is part of our learning path on Better Regulation. If you prefer to register for one of the other courses of the learning path, please click on Regulatory ex-post Evaluations or on Regulatory Impact Assessments.

    Learn more here.

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