Agenda

  • Thu
    02
    Feb
    2023

    Online Conference: "International Benchmarking Study: Public Sector Performance 2022 Edition", February 2-3 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online

    In search for practices which lead to excellent performance, EIPA and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands have performed a study to evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, statisfaction and trust of citizens, enterprises and other relevant stakeholders regarding available products, services, provisions and outcomes in ten policy areas in 35 countries, with a longitudinal perspective.

    During the conference, the results of the in-depth analysis of the first four policy areas (public administration, education, housing and social safety) by the EIPA team and external experts in 2022 will be shared. The best practices and trends in four domains will be presented by external experts.

    You can register for the full conference or register for each chapter separately. Registration for this online event is free.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    07
    Feb
    2023

    Hybrid event: "Eastern Mediterranean Energy Resources between Energy Security and Energy Transition", February 7 (IAI, Italy)

    15:30Rome, Italy / Online

    In this webinar, we will discuss the role of energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, which could contribute to enhance energy security and climate measures both in the region and beyond. At the beginning of the webinar, the key findings of the recent IAI Paper on this issue will be presented by the author. Eastern Mediterranean energy resources have attracted growing interests because of its vast energy reserves over the past decade. These energy resources could generate several benefits for the region and beyond, such as improving interconnectivity among countries, growth and development as well as decarbonisation. However, to achieve these positive results, countries need to address and overcome some challenges, such as lack of infrastructure, economic constraints and interstate rivalry. In the wake of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the area has emerged as a valuable option for EU diversification plans as European countries seek to wean themselves off Russian gas. Nonetheless, it is crucial to broaden the approach to regional energy resources, starting to include also renewables and potentially hydrogen, in order to reconcile energy security with climate targets. The speakers will discuss the main energy opportunities for the Eastern Mediterranean energy resources and their potential consequences on the energy transition, analyzing the main initiatives under consideration and their feasibility.

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    08
    Feb
    2023

    Webinar: "Immigration to build the nation, not to transform it", February 8 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    15:00Online

    This webinar will investigate whether Quebecers are equally comfortable with immigration from different social classes and from different countries of origin.

    Learn more here.

  • Fri
    17
    Feb
    2023

    Conference: "Towards fairer markets in Africa and the EU - Fostering international partnerships in competition policy", February 17 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    09:30Bruges, Belgium

    The European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP) and the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) of the European Commission will be organising the Conference “Towards fairer markets in Africa and the EU - Fostering international partnerships in competition policy” following the second Africa-EU Competition Week. The Conference “Towards fairer markets in Africa and the EU - Fostering international partnerships in competition policy” will take place on Friday 17 February 2023 at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Registrations are open to the public.

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    22
    Feb
    2023

    Course: "IEU Climate Policy – Course for EPSO Candidates", February 22-23 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online

    This online course will provide the participants with a comprehensive understanding of the EU climate policies, supporting their preparation to the recently launched EPSO concours. The course will focus on legislation covering the greenhouse gas emissions targets, including the “Fit for 55” legislative package and the current state of play of the revision of the ETS directive, the Effort Sharing Regulation and the LULCF Regulation, and more. The participants will be up-to-date with regards the latest legislative developments under the EU Green Deal.

    The participants will learn about:

    • The scope and content of EU climate policy
    • Key tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
    • The EU Green Deal, its scope and current state-of-play of main legislative proposals, including under the ‘Fit for 55’ legislative package

    Course methodology/highlights:

    The course will be delivered as a series of online lectures with enough time to allow participants to ask questions in an interactive way. The participants will gain access to the EIPA moodle platform, where they will have at their disposal all the presentations used during the course, as well as additional reading materials.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    28
    Feb
    2023

    Seminar: “Introductory and Practitioners’ Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice”, February 28 – March 3 (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 start on  28 February 2023. The three-day ‘Practitioners’ Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice’ will commence on the following day.

    This seminar is part of the programme for obtaining the EIPA’s European Certification for public procurement professionals.

    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.

    Programme Organiser: Ms Belinda Vetter, Tel: +31 43 3296382, b.vetter@eipa.eu

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    28
    Feb
    2023

    Course: "Procedures and Strategies of Litigation Before the Court of Justice of the European Union", February 28 - March 2 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Luxembourg

    This highly practical course will provide with a sophisticated understanding of the procedures of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The CJEU’s practices and case law is quintessential to successfully litigate before the Court.

    Through practical examples and case-law discussions you will learn the insights of the actions to be entertained before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

    Enhance your knowledge on the CJEU, the procedures before the CJEU, its internal rules, language regime, handling of documents, appeals and interim measures!

    What will you learn

    The course guides you through the different steps of various types of proceedings before the EU Courts analysing the preliminary references coming from national courts and direct actions, in particular, annulment actions where private parties may challenge EU law.

    The course will also discuss infringement procedures commenced by the European Commission when it believes that a Member State has violated one of its obligations under EU law.

    Moreover, the course will provide you with counsel and advice on how to present legal arguments during the written and the oral phase of the proceedings. Through the detailed discussion on the Rules of Procedure of the EU Courts, you will have answers to all your potential questions on procedural matters such as submissions, admissibility issues, interim measures, appeals which may be relevant during the action, the language regime and court costs.

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    15
    Mar
    2023

    Course: "New Structural Funds Programmes and the New Regulations 2021-2027", March 15-17 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online

    New programmes for the 2021-2027 period have been delayed, but nearly all are now agreed and are being implemented. Do you know what the new programmes look like? Do you know all you need to know about the new Structural Funds Regulations, and how they compare to the last period? How have new programmes selected priorities, activities and planned finances? What flexibilities and simplifications do they have? And how will they report progress and measure performance and impact?

    This online course will address these questions and examine the 2021-2027 regulations in detail. We will refer to the new Programme, Reporting and other templates. We will also see how Cohesion Policy programmes will be coordinated with the RRF and other EU instruments.

    We will help you address the following questions:

    • How far do new programmes contribute to Member State National Reform Programmes and reflect Country-specific recommendations and Country Reports?
    • What does financial planning and management look like for 2021-2027?
    • Where have programmes been simplified most? And how are simplified cost options being developed and used?
    • How will the new Performance framework work and how do we measure progress and success?
    • How will real-time reporting work?
    • How you can “ensure that selected operations present the best relationship between the amount of support, the activities undertaken and the achievement of objectives”? (Article 73, CPR)

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    16
    Mar
    2023

    Course: "Understanding EU Decision-Making: Principles, Procedures, Practice", March 16-24 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Maastricht, The Netherlands / Online

    “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:

    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.

    For this course we offer two other options for which you can register:

    If you are confident of all the basics, and do not feel that you need any further training on it, you can register only for the Main Course (22-24 March).

    If you only want to refresh your knowledge you can register for the online Preliminary Module (16 March).

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    27
    Mar
    2023

    Course: "Data Protection: Refresher and Advanced Course for DPOs and Data Protection Experts + Hands-on Module", March 27-31 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Maastricht, The Netherlands / Online

    The course Data Protection: Refresher and Advanced Course for DPOs and Data Protection Experts and Hands-on Module will allow you to immerse yourself in one week solely dedicated to data protection issues. These two modules 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:

    • Data Protection: Refresher and Advanced course for DPOs and Data Protection Experts – if you want to renew your DPO certification
    • Data Protection: Hands-on module – if you do not want to renew your DPO certification but only want to complement your knowledge with practical ‘on the job’ workshops

    Module 1 – Refresher and Advanced Course for DPOs and Data Protection Experts (27-29 March)

    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 (30-31 March)

    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 course 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.

    Course methodology/highlights:

    We believe that practical know-how is the key to effective learning. This course therefore includes:

    • Individual preparation for the course – you are invited to bring along any information about the mission, vision, values and data protection (GDPR and EUDPR) framework and governance within your organisation for case study;
    • Group and individual assignments;
    • Practical exercises on DPO roles and responsibilities;
    • An interactive approach: the module’s structure will give you the opportunity to ask questions and share and discuss experiences, knowledge, needs and challenges with the trainers and other participants;
    • There will be time for note-taking on what you learn, so you can apply it to your own situation.

    NB: The successful completion of Module 1 of the course will renew your DPO certification.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    18
    Apr
    2023

    Course: "European Public Procurement, PPP/Private Finance and Concessions", April 18-19 (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.

    This seminar is part of the programme for obtaining the EIPA’s European Certification for public procurement professionals. See more information here.

    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
    Apr
    2023

    Course: "Monitoring, Indicators and Evaluation Plans for EU Cohesion Policy Programmes, 2021-2027", April 25-28 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online

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

    Many 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 and evaluation data? Are they clear about how to measure the impact of interventions and what evaluation methods to use – theory-based or counterfactual?

    Member State Recovery and Resilience Fund plans are being implemented rapidly. How do their monitoring procedures and data needs differ from Cohesion Policy?

    What you will learn?

    This is a webinar over 3 days (mornings and afternoons). We will examine:

    • monitoring requirements, choice of programme indicators, data challenges and the Performance Framework. A Czech Ministry official will assess the lessons learnt from 2014-2020 and the implications of the new requirements for programmes in 2021-2027.
    • Programme and Reporting templates for the new Structural Funds programmes, highlighting the special link between finance and performance, and how will you report programme progress.
    • How the RRF plans in Member states will be monitored and evaluated
    • how to prepare an Evaluation Plan for the new period. Managing authorities must submit these Plans to Monitoring Committees within a year of programme approval. A leading evaluation consultant-economist will help us plan realistic evaluations – ones that are useful for evaluation stakeholders. We will focus on the timing of evaluation studies, the choices for project or programme evaluations on the ground, and consider the implications for data gathering.
    • how to manage evaluation studies, including preparation of the Terms of Reference, aspects of fieldwork, and typical live issues for your current / planned evaluations.

    How we work

    Break-out groups, mini-workshops, exercises and videos will be used to develop simulations of essential elements of monitoring systems and evaluation plans, in order to provide a clear view of good practice in the key disciplines involved.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    29
    May
    2023

    Course: "EU Project Management", May 29 - June 2 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Bruges, Belgium

    A one-week interactive journey through the life of EU-funded projects, from programming to project design, proposal writing, budgeting, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

    Through detailed case studies and exercises on key project design and management tools, this training course provides a thorough understanding of essential techniques for successful, results-oriented and cost-effective management of EU projects

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    05
    Jun
    2023

    Course: "Monitoring and Evaluation", June 5-7 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Bruges, Belgium

    This specialised and practical training programme introduces the purpose of Monitoring and Evaluation and useful practices; providing participants with an in-depth understanding of the main principles and techniques of monitoring and evaluation of EU-funded projects. The programme includes an overview of the main procedures for effective M&E and its main actors.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    03
    Jul
    2023

    Seminar: "EU Transport & Railway Affairs (ETCR)", July 3-14 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Bruges, Belgium

    The aim of the seminar is to offer railway related organizations an annual seminar of two weeks on the latest developments within the railway sector on European level. Participants get the unique opportunity to work for two weeks in an international environment, to set up a network among colleagues from all European countries and think about the changes within their sector, as well on national as on international level.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    03
    Jul
    2023

    Seminar: "Intensive Seminar on the EU", July 3-21 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Bruges, Belgium

    The Intensive Seminar on the European Union is a three-, two- or one-week training programme providing professionals with in-depth knowledge and practical skills on EU decision-making and policies. Participants can choose between three different programmes, depending on their prior level and experience in EU affairs: Full-immersion, Advanced, and Booster!

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    10
    Jul
    2023

    Course: "EU Energy Policy", July 10-14 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Bruges & Brussels, Belgium

    This course provides participants with the key tools to understand and learn about the fundamental pillars of the EU Energy policy, from its governance and internal elements, to its global and multi-sectoral dimension. It identifies the key Energy components in the European Green Deal, the latest applicable legislation derived from the Fit for 55 package, the obligations for public administrations and private actors, as well as the funding instruments to achieve a transition based in Research & Innovation

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    10
    Jul
    2023

    Training: "EU Competition Law", July 10-14 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Bruges, Belgium

    This executive training programme provides its participants a deep understanding of the latest developments on EU competition law and the essential tools necessary to master legal complexities and overcome challenges at work. Through detailed case studies and in-depth economic and legal analysis, The College’s EU Competition Law training course is focusing on practical aspects as well as substantive law.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    17
    Jul
    2023

    Course: "Competition Policy & High-Tech Markets", July 17-19 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Bruges, Belgium

    The Competition Policy and High-Tech Markets course serves for participants to understand how competition policy can be an effective tool to further the objective of a Digital Single Market in the European Union, promoting competitive markets, fostering innovation, and generally enhancing market efficiency to the benefits of European consumers. Participants will discuss the role of algorithms in cartels and in abuse of dominance cases, as well as the treatment of online markets in merger control.

    Learn more here.

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