Agenda

  • 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.

     

  • Tue
    11
    Oct
    2022

    Course: "How to Plead Successfully Before the EU Courts: A Course on the Annulment Action and Pleading Skills" October 11-12 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Luxembourg

    A sophisticated understanding of Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) procedures, practices and case law is quintessential to litigate successfully before the court. During this online course you will learn the insights and practical skills related to one of the key procedures of the Court of Justice of the European Union: the action for annulment.

    Enhance your knowledge on the actions of annulment to know which EU acts can be challenged before the Court of Justice of the European Union!

    What you will learn

    This course will focus on the annulment actions entertained before the Court of Justice of the European Union, the only procedure where natural and legal persons are parties before the CJEU and can directly challenge EU acts.

    Thanks to this course you will learn about the following:

    • The standing rules applicable for private individuals to become parties of the proceeding. Due account will be taken what EU acts can be challenged before the CJEU.
    • How to present legal arguments during the written and the oral phase of the proceedings. Through the detailed discussion of the Rules of Procedure of the General Court answers will be given to various procedural matters i.e. submissions, interim measures, appeals which may be relevant during the action.
    • How to prepare the written materials to be submitted to the court and the how to plead orally during the hearing before the court.
    • The procedure to appeal the decision rendered by the General Court before the Court of Justice.

    Course methodology

    This course will present up-to-date and in-depth contents of highly practical professional value for its participants, delivered by a team of EU expert speakers. The course will be delivered at EIPA premises in Luxembourg and combine content sessions with others of a more interactive nature, allowing ample time for exchange and networking among experts and participants.

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    12
    Oct
    2022

    Workshop: “Electricity rules towards unity or diversity?”, October 12-13 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    13:30San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy

    This two-days workshop will focus on the detailed rules that regulate the European electricity market, and what they mean for harmonization and diversity across Europe.

    Learn more here.

  • 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.

  • Thu
    13
    Oct
    2022

    Online Course: "A Practical Guide to the Infringement Procedure: How to Respond to Commission Investigations and Avoid Court Cases" October 13-14 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online

    The infringement procedure – Articles 258 to 260 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union – is the main enforcement mechanism enacted by the Commission against a Member State whenever it is of the opinion that the Member State is in breach of its obligations under EU law.

    During this online course you will learn the practical insights of the procedure and acquire the professional skills required to give persuasive answers to the inquiries of the Commission, to voluntary remedy the alleged infringement and to avoid a potential Court case.

    What will you learn?

    This online course will provide you with a practical understanding of the infringement procedure, analysing in detail the role of the Commission and the position of the Member States.

    This analysis will allow you to understand the capacities and prerogatives of both actors, determining the different respective administrative and procedural strategies, which the two can resort to throughout the procedure.

    If you are a national official, the online course will equip you with the right methodology to improve the capacity and quality of your national administration responses to Commission investigations on alleged infringements.

    In the potential scenario of the initiation of the jurisdictional phase of the procedure, the online course will also be of help to you to select the right defence strategy to improve your State’s position during the litigation.

    In case of a final condemnatory ruling after the procedure, this online course will provide you with tips on how to comply with the judicial decision as swiftly as possible and hence avoid a new procedure, this time under Article 260 TFEU.

    Course methodology/highlights

    The online course’s contents will be illustrated with examples and cases from infringement practice.

    All sessions will be followed by periods of Q & A allowing for the exchange of ideas, and discussions where participants will have the opportunity to share professional experiences.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    13
    Oct
    2022

    Lecture: “9th high-level ‘EU Diplomacy Lecture’: “A gender equal and diverse EU foreign policy: Is it possible?”, October 13 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    16:00Bruges, Belgium

    The Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe will hold the ninth annual “EU Diplomacy Lectures” in Bruges on Thursday, 13 October 2022, followed by a short Q&A session.

    Ambassador Stella Ronner-Grubačić, Ambassador for Gender and Diversity, European External Action Service will deliver a lecture on “A gender equal and diverse EU foreign policy: Is it possible?”

    Gender equality is a core value of the EU, a fundamental right, and a principle enshrined in the UN Charter of 1945, the founding treaty of the international community. Still, at the global level, the fight for gender equality and non-discrimination has never been more urgent. With progress slow in areas that seemed consensual before, and realised rights being contested in several multilateral forums, the questions of why this should be the case – and whether we can reverse the negative trend – present themselves.

    In this lecture, Stella Ronner-Grubačić, EU Ambassador for Gender and Diversity, will discuss the different interpretations of the gender equality agenda, its complexities, and its interrelationship with the principles of diversity and non-discrimination. She will explain why this is a question that needs to be addressed in the context of the EU’s foreign and security policy and discuss why gender disinformation campaigns and increasingly complex mandate negotiations are designed not just to undermine the unity of the EU, but to threaten peace, security and human rights in all democratic states, across Europe and beyond.

    The Lecture will also be livestreamed. Registration is required by Monday 10 October, noon.

    Learn more here.  

  • Fri
    14
    Oct
    2022

    Online Debate: “Energy security in the European Union: Between Green Ambitions and Securing Supply”, October 14 (EIR, Romania)

    Online Event

    The event is organised within the European Institute of Romania’s online debates series European News in the Spotlight, in partnership with the Embassy of Romania in the Czech Republic.

     Context

    The debates regarding the European Union’s strategic resilience have underscored the necessity to reduce its external dependence on the energy market, a priority which was further enhanced by the multidimensional effects of the illegal and unprovoked military aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine. For the past several months, the European Commission and the Council of the EU have worked towards ensuring affordable, secure and sustainable access to energy sources for the European citizens, by unfolding the REPowerEU plan and its subsequent initiatives. Under the Czech Presidency of the EU Council, energy is one of the priorities, focusing on ensuring energy security, while also advancing on the path towards green transition and mitigating the social and economic costs of the crisis.

    Main discussion topics

    • How do the Council and the Czech Presidency approach the issue of energy security, considering the different national contexts of the member states?
    • How does the current energy crisis affect other economic sectors and how does the Council approach these consequences?
    • What are the main instruments proposed for ensuring energy security, while also progressing towards the green transition?
    • What are the actions proposed at the level of the Council to ensure short-term energy security? Will these measures expand the energy poverty across EU?
    • How can we get the citizens’ support for the energy restraint measures? How can we reduce the negative social and political impact of the energy crisis?
    • What are the lessons that we have already learned from this crisis?
    • Representatives of the European and national institutions, research organisations and academia, civil society, mass media etc. will also take part in the event.

    Representatives of the European and national institutions, research organisations and academia, civil society, mass media etc. will take part in the event.

    Agenda of the event and registration form (until 12th of October, at the latest) are available 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.

  • Tue
    18
    Oct
    2022

    Seminar/Webinar: “The Military Power Seminar 2022 – Northern-Europe in a changing security landscape”, October 18 (NUPI, Norway)

    08:30Oslo, Norway

    What are the consequences of the changing security landscape for security in the north? At this year’s Military Power Seminar, we invite you to a debate on the important political issues related to security in Norway’s immediate neighbourhood. Parts of the seminar will be in English.

    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).

  • Thu
    20
    Oct
    2022

    Course: "A Practical Guide on EU Law for Local Governments: Responding to EU Legal, Institutional and Jurisdictional Challenges to Sub-State Entities" October 20-21 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Luxembourg & Online

    EU law and EU law requirements produce an enormous weight on sub-state entities (federated units in federal states, regions, provinces and municipalities). Indeed, all these entities are responsible for the material application of EU law, having to ensure their administrative application and judicial enforcement. Moreover, depending on territorial repartition of state power among constituent units, some of these sub-state entities could have been awarded rule-making capacities to a different degree. Hence, and in these cases, these entities would also be responsible for the legal application of EU law requirements, resulting in the necessity of having to adopt transposition norms, regulatory provisions and legal acts of a different nature (from legislative acts to administrative acts).

    In addition, all these sub-state entities have legal standing before the Court of Justice of the EU, to contest EU acts which are of their individual and direct concern. Also, they can ask for their participation as intervening parties in other ongoing procedures. Consequently, and in both cases, they can act as litigants against the action of EU institutions they presume illegal and resort to the procedures established by the Court.

    Moreover, many of these entities pursue an active policy of advocacy of their interest vis-à-vis the EU institutions and at different European fora through different formulas (representation offices in Brussels, lobby strategies, etc.). All of them can also intervene in the decision-making process of the legal instruments they will have to adopt later on. Although the type of participation and their degree of influence in these processes is regulated by national law provisions, there are some EU instances or procedures where they can participate (European Committee of the Regions, working parties of Council, lobbying in the European Parliament, etc.).

    In addition many of these entities are beneficiaries of EU grants and manage or will manage projects, financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), which have to be in line with the principles of effectiveness, efficiency and economy and observe the applicable public procurement legislation, eligibility rules, audit trail, publicity rules, transparency, equal treatment and avoidance of conflict of interests and double funding.

    What will you learn?

    This highly practical course will aim to transfer to its participants the practical skills required to voice and represent the interest of local governments in the process of adopting EU legal acts. The course will equip them with the know-how necessary to ensure their correct legal absorption and administrative application once the acts are approved. This correct enforcement and application is necessary to avoid situations where these authorities breach EU law, whose prosecution by the Commission could lead to imposing severe economic sanctions on the Member State in question. Finally, the webinar will instil in participants the necessary strategies and skills to defend the interest of local governments before the court when these governments decide to participate in the procedure as plaintiffs or as an intervening parties and the necessary know-how to apply for EU funding.

    Course methodology

    This couse will present up-to-date and in-depth contents of highly practical professional value for its participants, delivered by a team of EU expert speakers. The course will be delivered at EIPA premises in Luxembourg and combine content sessions with others of a more interactive nature, allowing ample time for exchange and networking among experts and participants.

    Learn more here.

  • 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.

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2022

    Debate: "Quels sont les points communs aux extrêmes-droites de nos années 20?" October 25 (Sciences Po CEE, France) 

    19:30Paris, France

    Au cours de l’année 2022 vont se dérouler plusieurs élections nationales dans lesquelles différents courants politiques de droite radicale peuvent connaître des progrès électoraux, des échecs, des transformations de leur stratégie politique.

    Nous souhaitons comparer et analyser ces différents mouvements, à partir des exemples de Jair Bolsonaro au Brésil, qui affrontera l’ancien président Lula au cours des élections présidentielles d’octobre, de Giorgia Meloni en Italie, dont le parti Fratelli d’Italia pourrait l’emporter lors des législatives de septembre, et de Marine Le Pen en France, qui a connu un succès électoral dépassant ses attentes lors des législatives de mai, faisant du Rassemblement national un parti d’opposition politique installé.

    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.

  • Thu
    27
    Oct
    2022

    Online Course: “Sustainable Finance in the EU: The EU Taxonomy Regulation and the ‘Do no Significant Harm’ Principle”, October 27-28 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    The course introduces the foundations of sustainable finance in the EU as an integral part in support of the European Green Deal. Learn about the EU taxonomy regulation and the “do no significant harm principle”, which is the underlying principle of sustainable finance.

    This course introduces the foundations of sustainable finance with a focus on the  taxonomy regulation. The taxonomy aims to channel investment by classifying sustainable economic activities. The “do no significant harm” principle informs the classification of such activities, it entails disclosure requirements for businesses and is applied in cohesion policy and the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

    You will learn about

    • The foundations of sustainable finance in the EU
    • The taxonomy regulation and the Commission delegated acts laying down technical screening criteria for implementation
    • The challenges of applying the “do no significant harm” principle in the Member States and businesses
    • Ongoing policy initiatives to extend the scope of the taxonomy in the context of global sustainable finance

    Course methodology/highlights

    The course will be delivered online via Zoom. The sessions will be delivered by experts providing presentations on key topics. All presentations will be followed by Q&A and discussion. Through exercises, participants are invited to engage with topics from a practical perspective. Hence, the course methodology includes frontal instruction, interactive elements and exercises.

    Learn more here.

  • Fri
    28
    Oct
    2022

    Online Course: “EU Law Resources on the Web: Finding the EU Info You Need in a Couple of Clicks”, October 28 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    The official website of the European Union (www.europa.eu) is the biggest digital portal on the net. It is also the point of entry to an immense plethora of digital resources for professionals working with the EU, economic operators who want to pursue business in the EU, citizens and consumers living and working in the EU and academics and scholars researching about the EU. Moreover, a countless number of other websites (either free or commercial) have flourished over the years augmenting even more the information offer ready to be accessed.

    This hands-on, practical and interactive online course has as an aim to provide its audience with a chart on the most useful and practical EU information resources, and demonstrate to them which tools to use to quickly obtain official documents, publications, statistics, open data and legal information about EU, how to intervene in EU consultations and express and voice interests in the making of EU legislation and how  to find about funding opportunities provided by the EU and apply to projects and public contracts.

    What will you learn?

    Thanks to this online course, you will learn how to find quickly and efficiently:

    • policy initiatives, legislative proposals and work programmes;
    • legislation, case law and summaries of legislation;
    • policy papers and press releases;
    • public procurement notices, call for tenders, grants and loans;
    • contact information, ‘who’s who’ and ‘who’s doing what’ in the EU.

    Course methodology

    The central element of this online course will be a webinar delivered ‘live’ via ZOOM on 28 October 2022. The webinar will feature a number of content sessions conducted by experts who will offer demonstrations of the most useful websites and databases. All these sessions will be followed by Q&A periods where participants will have the possibility to formulate questions and share professional experiences.

    Moreover, the webinar will also feature a final interactive session devoted to the resolution of practical ‘search’ exercises, which will allow participants to develop hands-on expertise by exploring the websites themselves under the experts’ guidance.

    Extensive training and support material (PP presentations, guideline documents, audio visual material, etc.) will be provided to participants via the course’s online platform.

    Learn more here.

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