Agenda

  • 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.

  • Thu
    29
    Sep
    2022

    Expert discussion: “EU policy pertaining to Russia: status, trends, prospects”, September 29 (Razumkov Centre, Ukraine)

    10:00Online

    On September 29, 2022, at 10:00 CET, the Razumkov Centre will arrange an online expert discussion on the topic of “EU policy pertaining to Russia: status, trends, prospects.” During the discussion, there will be a presentation of the TEPSA book “Russia and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals”, examining the attitudes of various European countries towards Russia. The book also presents the opinions and assessments of Razumkov Centre’s experts.

    The Centre’s policy paper titled “Possible ways to communicate about the Kremlin’s aggression against Ukraine to Russian society“, prepared as part of a joint project implemented by the Centre for International Security with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Office in Ukraine, will be presented too.

    Representatives of the state authorities, non-governmental think tanks from Ukraine and the EU countries and independent experts are expected to take part.

    Official languages: Ukrainian, English.

    The discussion will focus on the following issues:

    • Evolution of attitudes of the EU countries towards Russia against the background of the war in Ukraine.
    • European integration of Ukraine as a means of internal reforms and a tool for resisting the Russian aggression.
    • A war of meanings: ways and lines of resistance to the “Russian World”.

    To attend the event, please register here.

    The event will be transmitted live on the Razumkov Centre YouTube channel.

    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.

  • Mon
    03
    Oct
    2022

    Course: “EU Diplomacy & Diplomatic Skills”, October 3 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Bruges, Belgium

    The European Union’s diplomatic efforts and external representation are inherently different from the Member-States’ external policies. The EU, with its strong background in peace mediation and public diplomacy, can be considered a unique diplomatic entity and a fascinating study-object.

    This three-day interactive course is designed for the participants to learn about EU diplomacy, to share experiences and to improve their diplomatic skills. After a short introduction to the EU’s external affairs and the European External Action Service (EEAS), the course will focus on relevant diplomatic skills. Practical sessions and exercises on political reporting, effectively communicating across cultures, and political analysis will add to the participants’ knowledge and skillset.

    All modules are delivered by high-level experienced professionals in the field of European and national diplomacy, reporting, communication and negotiations. The programme is designed to be as interactive as possible; active participation is required and networking opportunities are strongly encouraged throughout the course.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    04
    Oct
    2022

    Online Course: “Regulatory ex-post Evaluations”, October 4 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event
    • Is your organisation interested in enforcing their ex-post evaluation function?
    • How can you manage evaluation activities better?
    • How can you ensure high-quality ex-post evaluations?
    • How can evaluation results provide the evidence required for decision-making, and help to improve policies and programmes?

    This online course will answer all these questions. Specifically, it will enhance your ability to design, manage and monitor the evaluations conducted by your organisation, irrespective of whether they are supported by EU funds.

    Learn how to ensure high-quality ex-post evaluations. First, gain a foundation of good practices in ex-post evaluation through the lessons learned from implementation of the BR Guidelines and Toolbox. Building on this foundation, gain insight into the pillars of a sound evaluation design (the intervention logic, evaluation criteria, evaluation questions and the evaluation matrix). Moreover, learn practical skills for managing evaluation studies and stakeholder engagement. Finally, learn about the latest developments and innovations in evaluation to help keep your evaluations state-of-the-art.

    What you will learn in this course:

    • How to manage an ex post evaluation of a legal act;
    • What evaluation design methodologies you can choose from to evaluate legislation.
    • What is state-of-the-art in ex post evaluation of legislation and what the future looks like.

    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 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 Introduction to the Better Regulation Agenda or on Regulatory Impact Assessments.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    04
    Oct
    2022

    Course: “Introductory and Practitioners’ Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice”, October 4 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Maastricht, The Netherlands

    This comprehensive seminar will provide you with an understanding of the principles and procedures of European public procurement policy, focusing on the Public Procurement Directives and relevant case law. You will be guided through the Public Procurement Directive 2014/24/EU and the Utilities Directive 2014/25/EU. During the seminar you will receive insights into the application of professional procurement practices.

    The four-day programme will begin with an ‘Introductory Seminar: European Public Procurement for Newcomers to Procurement’, which will be held on 4 October 2022. The three-day ‘Practitioners’ Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice’ will commence on the following day.

    If you are confident of all the basics, and do not feel that you need any further training on it, you can also register for the Practitioners’ Seminar only.

    What will you learn:

    After the four-day seminar you should have:

    • a good understanding of the European rules and principles on public procurement, including case law
    • awareness of the various phases in the procurement cycle and its practical implications
    • insights into professional procurement practices
    • an exchange of experiences with professionals from other countries and organisations in dealing with public procurement

    Course methodology/highlights:

    This introductory and advanced course includes exercises and cases. Participants would benefit from reading Directive 2014/24/EU in advance prior to the course.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    06
    Oct
    2022

    Online Conference: “Shaping a sustainable green culture inside Public Administration – Ever thought of a “green (HR) management” to support leadership?”, October 6 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    Although public administration organisations should serve as a role model for sustainable change and transformation within societies, they face the complex challenge of managing the economic, ecological and social transformation almost simultaneously and developing appropriate strategies.

    More and more companies, as well as public administrations, are coming to the realisation that cultural and structural change can only be achieved by supporting the people involved. A new form of management and collaboration (managers as role models), the underlying green skills, values and attitudes, as well as appropriate change management are needed to help administrations to develop in an environmentally sustainable way.

    Green human resources management (GHRM) as part of sustainable human resources management offers the necessary options for action. Within the framework of this event, we want to explore the following and other questions that are relevant for success:

    • Why is green HR management so important for the ecological transformation process?
    • How can sustainable and green HR management be distinguished from each other?
    • What is the new role of HR management?
    • How are the tasks changing?
    • How do you optimise performance?
    • Why do diversity and gender mainstreaming matter?
    • How are leadership and collaboration changing?
    • Why is green HR management also important for business development and the support of managers on all levels?

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    06
    Oct
    2022

    Online Course: “Regulatory Impact Assessments”, October 6 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event
    • How can an impact assessment (IA) system be developed or how can an IA system be optimised?
    • How can you assess the effectiveness and efficiency of policy proposals?
    • How can you ensure high-quality ex ante impact assessments?
    • How can you use an impact assessment as a supporting tool for decision-making?

    This online course will answer all the above questions and specifically, it will enhance your ability to design, manage and communicate the results of ex ante IAs conducted by your organisation.

    Learn how to ensure high-quality ex ante IAs. First, gain a good understanding of the needs and uses of ex ante impact assessments. Enhance your knowledge and skills in the main methods used in IAs (e.g. cost–benefit analysis). Gain insight into good practices through the lessons learned from implementation of the better regulation guidelines and toolbox. Importantly, learn about how to ensure the quality of your IAs through lessons learned from the EC as well as MSs. Finally, gain an overview of what happens after the IA is published and how IAs can influence the next steps in policymaking.

    What you will learn in this course:

    • how to manage an ex ante impact assessment of a legal act, and how to consult and engage with stakeholders;
    • the analytical steps of an IA (defining the problem, setting objectives, developing policy options, measuring impacts, etc.);
    • the state-of-the-art methodologies and tools to assess the impacts;
    • how to adjust your expectations and choose the right shortcuts when selecting the best possible methodological approach (e.g. qualitative vs quantitative);
    • how the European Commission system ensures transparency and quality of the IA work (stakeholder consultation, Regulatory Scrutiny Board);
    • why IA has become a key tool for the development of EU policy and how to engage with the process;
    • the enablers and barriers for setting up an IA system: how an effective IA system can be developed in a Member State; how MSs assess policies and legal acts; the common pitfalls, the good practices.

    Course methodology/highlights

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

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

    Learning path on Better Regulation

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

    You can also combine two or more courses in the learning path into one package for a reduced fee.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    10
    Oct
    2022

    Training Course: “Masterclass EU Third-Country Lobbying”, October 10 (Clingendael Institute, The Netherlands)

    Corporate social responsibility norms, emission targets, energy policy and innovation funding. The EU in many ways influences third countries by means of its legislative power.

    By helping shape the norms set by “Brussels’, you can effectively influence the EU’s priorities in alignment with your country’s interests. You learn how to do so in our one-day seminar on EU Third-Country Lobbying.

    The EU’s openness towards a wide range of stakeholders is key to its legislative’s legitimacy. Without input from all kinds of directions, Commission desk officers are not just less effective, but at risk of failing Impact Assessments left and right.

    Desk officers, but also EU member states’ representatives in the Council, as well as Members of European Parliament, thrive on the data they receive from interactions with stakeholders. This offers unique opportunities for third-country lobbying, especially for country representatives who know the EU’s legislative cycle well, and who work based on effective lobbying tools.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    10
    Oct
    2022

    Public Debate: "Next Steps in the EU Response to Russian Aggression: Building Unity from Diversity", October 10

    18:00Brussels, Belgium

    In building a common response to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, the European Union (EU) has had to overcome historically different attitudes towards Russia as well as different degrees of dependence. While the war has been raging since February 2022, this panel discussion will seek to lay out possible next steps in EU policy, addressing defence, energy and sanctions issues. It will draw on insights from the newly published TEPSA book "Russia and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals", which gathers 41 analyses of national debates on policy towards Russia within the EU and in its neighbourhood, written by experts from the TEPSA network and beyond.

    In cooperation with the EGMONT Royal Institute for International Relations, TEPSA is organising a public debate on the next steps Europe can take in order to respond to Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. Bound by the motto "United in Diversity", the EU nevertheless suffers from great diversity in the political priorities of its 27 Member States, making it difficult to speak with a single voice especially in the area of foreign policy. In this debate, we seek to find a path forward to build unity from diversity, and level up the EU's response to Russia's crime of aggression. The panel will be followed by an open Q&A and drinks reception.

    REGISTER TO ATTEND
    SPEAKERS:
    • Heidi Hautala MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament;
    • Stefano Sannino, Secretary-General of the European External Action Service;
    • Paul Schmidt, Secretary-General of the Austrian Society for European Politics (ÖGFE) & co-editor of "Russia and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals";
    • Marc Franco, Senior Associate Fellow at the Egmont Institute;
    • Moderator: Jim Cloos, TEPSA Secretary-General and Senior Associate Fellow at the Egmont Institute.
    MEET THE SPEAKERS

    With this event, TEPSA and the Egmont Institute aim to provide an overview of how differing historical, economic and political relationships with Russia have impacted the EU's ability to engage in a uniform response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The event will explore key challenges and opportunities in relation to building a strong and uniform European position towards Russia and discuss the future options for EU policy towards Russia. For an overview of existing EU measures taken against Russia in the context of the war in Ukraine, with a particular emphasis on sanctions, check out the latest episode of EuropeChats!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppFO1uSUSwc

    "Russia and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals" is edited by Michael Kaeding, Johannes Pollak and Paul Schmidt, and published by Springer. The book sheds light on how Member States and EU neighbours relate to Russia. It includes their historical, financial and political ties, as well as the public perception of the national population vis-à-vis Russia. Each chapter builds on these factors to elucidate the country’s position towards Russia and provides a prediction on the future of these relations. This volume shows the diverse relations that the EU Member States and neighbours have with Russia, spanning from tense and confrontational to more eased and friendly, highlighting the contrasts between the national state and the EU as a whole. The book also presents the reader with concrete aspects in different policy areas, via recommendations on how single countries and the EU should deal with Russia. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24th February 2022 will change the relationship between the West and Putin’s Russia for decades to come. No doubt that this blatant violation of International Law and the incomprehensible human suffering of Ukrainian citizens will massively change the attitude of the countries analysed in this book.

     

  • Thu
    13
    Oct
    2022

    Course: “Understanding EU Decision-Making: Principles, Procedures, Practice”, October 13 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Maastricht, The Netherlands

    “I’m participating in that meeting in Brussels next week. Is it an expert group or a comitology committee?”
    “I need to brief the boss about what to expect. Will the Commission ask her to vote?”
    “How can I know where our issue is in the EU decision process, and what comes next?”

    Simple questions, the answers to which may be complex, and yet can make your job easier. This course will get you up to speed on the essential elements of how the EU system works: the different powers that the EU has, who does what, and how you can have a role in shaping EU decisions. It is concise but thorough, and focusses in detail on EU law-making.

    To get maximum benefits out of this course, irrespective of your level of knowledge on EU decision-making, we have included a preliminary online module that introduces the foundations of decision-making in the EU.

    What will you learn

    • The legal bases for what the EU can and cannot do
    • The main ways in which decisions are taken
    • The different powers that Member States have given to the EU
    • The differences between legislative acts, implementing acts (the world of ‘comitology’!) and the new delegated acts, relating them to their place in the EU policy cycle, as well as in the hierarchy of laws.
    • The decision-making procedures within the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament, and the ways in which national officials and other stakeholders fit into the policy process.
    • The ordinary legislative procedure and how a ‘trilogue’ works.
    • Delegated and implementing acts using topical cases (including the well-known ‘glyphosate’ saga).

    Course methodology/highlights:

    Each day will end early or mid-afternoon to allow ample time to process the content, prepare for the next day, and do any necessary work related tasks. In this course, there is plenty of time and opportunity for exercises and discussions. Sufficient breaks and pauses have been included to ensure an effective course.

    We believe learning happens best with practical knowledge. So this course includes:

    • Extensive insights with multiple examples and real life cases
    • Group exercises
    • Role plays and simulation games
    • Inputs from experienced EU practitioners as the basis for discussion among participants about the practical demands of participation in the various stages of EU decision-making.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    13
    Oct
    2022

    Online Course: “Evaluation and Monitoring of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds Programmes”, October 13 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    New EU Structural and Cohesion Funds programmes for the period 2021-2027 have been prepared and are being agreed and implemented. Member States are setting up monitoring systems and writing Evaluation Plans for the new period. Are Member State authorities and stakeholders clear about what the New Regulations say about the new monitoring and evaluation requirements?

    Programme Authorities continue to conduct evaluations of their 2014-2020 programmes and projects, as well as planning evaluations for the 2021-2027 period. Are Managing Authorities collecting the best possible monitoring data and are they clear about how to measure the impact of interventions? Which evaluation methods should be used – theory-based and/or counter-factual? Where should they be using ex-post CBA?

    This online course takes place over 4 half-days (mornings and afternoons):

    • Day 1 deals with monitoring tasks, indicators and the Performance Framework. A senior Czech Ministry official, Helena Barbořáková, will assess the lessons learnt from 2014-2020 and the implications of the new requirements for 2021-2027.
    • We will also examine how monitoring requirements for Cohesion Policy programmes differ from those for the Recovery and Resilience Facility and RRF National Plans.
    • Days 2-4: we examine how to conduct impact Vladimir Kváča, a leading evaluation consultant-economist, will focus on a range of theory-based and counterfactual evaluation methods – and the choices for project / programme evaluations on the ground.
    • We will also describe the key elements of how to complete an ex post cost-benefit analysis (ex post CBA) for infrastructure and other larger
    • A European Commission official will describe what progress has been made on impact evaluations in 2014-2020 and explain what is expected in 2021-2027.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    17
    Oct
    2022

    Course: “Trade Policy”, October 17-20 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Bruges, Belgium

    The main purpose of the College’s Trade Policy course is to ensure that participants are thoroughly acquainted with the main aspects of EU Trade law and policy, WTO-related issues, and the role played by the EU in the global trade arena.

    In addressing the trade policy concerns of today’s professionals, the course provides as well an updated analysis of the latest developments of EU’s trade negotiations with other large trading blocks, such as the USA and Canada for example, and of recent developments such as Brexit.

    This four-day seminar gives a thorough and detailed introduction to trade law and policy and the WTO.

    The course combines different learning approaches:

    • Dynamic and interactive training sessions examining theoretical and practical aspects of trade policy and law;
    • Exercises and case studies designed to challenge and develop essential analytical skills;
    • Individual and collective feedback giving participants the opportunity to maximise their personal learning experience;
    • Active debate among and between experts and participants;
    • A practical course e-folder with material provided prior to the training, which include course information, outlines, handouts, key resources (readings, videos, etc.).

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    17
    Oct
    2022

    Course: “Internal, External and Performance Audit of the ESIF and NEXTGEN EU Funded Programmes and Projects”, October 17 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Barcelona, Spain

    This highly practical three-day course will give you a complete overview and detailed understanding of all practical aspects of control and different type of audits of EU Funds in the programming period 2021-2027, including Next Generation EU. It covers:

    • Relevant legislation
    • Methods of increasing efficiency of control and audits
    • Combating fraud and preventing irregularities
    • Practical knowhow through workshops on audit of public procurement, audit of State Aid, and Performance audit.

    The unique feature of this course is that it covers the experience of audit experts from EU Commission, European Court of Auditors (ECA), OLAF and AA of Member States.

    What will you learn:

    You will improve your knowledge about errors, irregularities, and fraud measures in ESIF and NextGeneration EU co-financed projects with special focus on Public Procurement and State Aid. You will also learn how financial, compliance, and performance audits should be performed in the programming period 2021 – 2027.

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    19
    Oct
    2022

    Conference: “European Think Tank Conference”, October 19-20 (DGAP, Germany)

    Berlin, Germany

    The Think Tank Lab and its partners cordially invite you to the European Think Tank Conference 2022, taking place on 19-20 October 2022 at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.

    The Open Think Tank Directory counts 684 think tanks in Europe. While think tanks are well-networked when it comes to their specific topical interests, there are few opportunities to exchange about think tanking as a profession and a practice, common challenges, and industry trends. Think tanks’ legal structures, topical interests, and modes of operation vary. But what all of us have in common is an interest in shaping policy and public debate with evidence-based analysis, growing our international networks – and getting better at what we do.

    On October 19-20, 2022, the Think Tank Lab will bring together think tankers and think tank partners from all over Europe for the European Think Tank Conference 2022. At the two-day conference in Berlin, we will discuss trends, share good practices, and hear about inspiring new approaches in five key areas:

    • Think tank management and funding;
    • Trends in policy analysis;
    • Political communication and advocacy;
    • Networks and cooperation;
    • Policy impact and evaluation.

    The program offers keynotes, workshops, exhibitions, and discussions as well as many networking opportunities.

    Please save the date and register HERE by August 31 to secure a spot. Limited travel allowance is available for participants joining from outside Germany. Registration confirmations will be sent out by September 15. For any questions, please contact the Think Tank Lab team (thinktanklab[at]dgap.org).

  • Mon
    24
    Oct
    2022

    Course: “Data Protection: Refresher and Advanced Course for DPOs and Data Protection Experts”, October 24 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Maastricht, The Netherlands

    The combination of these courses Refresher and Advanced Course for DPOs and Data Protection Experts and the Data Protection:Hands-on Module will allow you to immerse yourself in one week solely dedicated to data protection issues. These two courses will provide you with substantial knowledge in the field of data protection as well as practical knowledge on how to apply it, in the form of interactive workshops.

    You can choose to book only the Refresher and Advanced for DPOs and Data Protection Experts course if you want to renew your DPO certification. If you do not want to renew your DPO certification and only want to complement your knowledge with practical ‘on the job’ workshops, you can book only the Hands-on module.

    Module 1 – Refresher and Advanced Course for DPOs and Data Protection Experts

    We believe in constantly updating professional knowledge, particularly in the field of data protection. In a time of unprecedented challenges posed by ever-evolving technologies and different ways to use personal data, continuous learning and updating your expertise is crucial.

    The data protection officer (DPO) is a key element of accountability in every organisation as required by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) And Regulation 2018/1725 (EUDPR). However, the expectations and knowledge required for the DPO are multifaceted. That requires not only mastering the GDPR or the EUDPR, but also being familiar with practical aspects of ensuring secure personal data processing and responding to data breaches.

    This is why a multifaceted approach in delivering this Refresher and Advanced Course for DPOs and Data Protection Experts course is paramount. Experts and practitioners at the forefront of data protection will guide you along the legal framework of the European data protection legislation, while elaborating on some of the most pressing privacy-related issues that have emerged in the context of the pandemic.

    This course is designed to help you to refresh and update your data protection knowledge. Concrete examples regarding the data protection legislative framework, analysis of the new CJEU case law, guidelines from the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) as well as relevant and realistic case studies will help you to refine your expertise and deepen your understanding of your duties and responsibilities. You will be able to benefit from the knowledge of the trainers to support the performance of your daily tasks, make it easier to deal with challenging and complex issues in a structured way, and take decisions that are pragmatic, but still compliant.

    Module 2 – Hands-on Module

    User-generated data and the exponential industrial value of data is increasing every day. Therefore, putting together a formal set of data protection policies and procedures is essential, regardless of the size of your company or the sector it operates within. This significant step in data protection compliance is crucial to ensuring your business is built to protect the information you process on employees, customers, partners and all other parties whose data may come into your possession. Lastly, it is crucial to put in place safeguards after experiencing a data breach.

    Do you need practical knowledge on how to deal with data protection related issues? Are you in doubt about how to implement requirements set out in the GDPR or EUDPR in your organisation? Do you have the knowledge but lack practical experience in the data protection field?

    This course is designed to provide practical, hands-on experience to complement your existing knowledge in the field of data protection. The hands-on module is primarily focused on enhancing the day-to-day work of DPOs and anyone working in the field of data protection. You will benefit from the trainers’ knowledge and practical experience by participating in the interactive workshops.

    The hands-on module is an extraordinary opportunity to put your data protection knowledge into practice. This course employs a methodology focused on practical workshops that will be moderated by practitioners in the field. The workshops will use various simulations that will allow you to learn by doing.

    Should you be interested in participation in this seminar remotely, please contact us.

    What will you learn:

    • How to deal with controllers’ expectations and manage diverging objectives in the business environment (stakeholder management);
    • How to ensure data protection by design and by default in a fast-changing digital and legal environment;
    • How to assess data protection compliance and how it is interlinked with IT security;
    • Risk analysis and management;
    • How to assess issues related to personal data transfers;
    • What actions to take in case of personal data breaches;
    • How to implement controls;
    • The tasks and responsibilities of the DPO;
    • How to audit an ICT provider;
    • The difference between anonymisation, pseudo-anonymisation and encryption;
    • How to conduct a data protection impact assessment;
    • What is a data processing agreement and its practical implications;
    • How to counter opposition from the rest of the organisation – a view from the DPO perspective;
    • How to ensure data protection compliant migration to a cloud computing service provider;
    • How to draft a data breach protocol and effectively raise awareness;
    • How to act after a significant data breach, including audit and lessons learnt.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2022

    Course: “European Public Procurement, PPP/Private Finance and Concessions”, October 25 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Barcelona, Spain

    The course will provide an up-to-date overview of the current rules and developments in European public procurement based on the public procurement directive (Directive 2014/24/EU) and the directive on the award of concession contracts (Directive 2014/23/EU). The public procurement directive will be examined in detail, covering the scope, procedures, rules on public contracts, contract performance and specific procurement regimes, and its practical development in the last years. The course will also address key issues in the use of competitive dialogue and the competitive procedure with negotiation. It will cover PPP/private finance, indicating where PPP are being used and when they work best for financing infrastructure projects.

    Course methodology/highlights:

    The Course includes case analysis, debates, and exercises, with plenty of interactive sessions. Participants would benefit from reading the Directives covered in the programme prior to the course.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    27
    Oct
    2022

    Online Workshop: “EU Fact Checking & EU Fact Finding”, October 27-28 College of Europe, Bruges)

    Online Event

    EU Fact Checking & EU Fact Finding are two half-day workshops to learn how to find one’s way through the ‘jungle’ of EU-related websites and discover how to identify official vs unofficial and reliable vs unreliable EU information sources. An experienced trainer will guide participants using interactive presentations made available during and after the workshop.

    The course combines different learning approaches:

    • Interactive training sessions examining theoretical and practical aspects of analysing and identifying reliable EU information sources and data;
    • Workshops designed to identify and develop essential practical skills;
    • Individual and collective feedback giving participants the opportunity to maximise their personal learning experience;
    • Active debates between the trainer and participants.

    Learn more here.

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