Agenda

  • Tue
    22
    Jun
    2021

    Online Course: “The New ESF+ Regulations and Programmes 2021-2027”, 22-24 June (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    ESF becomes ESF+ for the new programming period 2021-2027. The New Structural Funds Regulations have been agreed recently and are to be printed officially in June 2021. How do the agreed new regulations differ from the EC proposed regulations, and the 2014-2020 regulations? What will your new ESF+ programmes look like and what is the impact of the health crisis?

    This 3-day EIPA seminar examines these questions and assesses progress of new programmes. We will ask how you are identifying your spending priorities for your new programmes and what important lessons have been learnt from current and previous ESF programmes? We will consider some recent cases of good practice from around the EU.

    EIPA experts will build on three successful EIPA seminar-workshops recently delivered under contract to the Flanders Region, the Brussels Capital Region, and the Wallonie region – assisting them with the preparation of a new generation of ESF+ programmes.

    What you will learn?

    Key elements include:

    • Country Specific Recommendations, Country Reports, recommendations of the European Pillar of Social Rights, Social Scoreboard
    • strategy design, methods for selecting programme priorities and financial allocations
    • choices for programme-specific indicators for ESF+ and how to prepare the new Performance Frameworks
    • financial planning and flexibility for new programmes
    • simplifying financial control and audit – expanding the use of simplified cost options and protecting the audit trail

    Programme Organiser: Ms Amber Kessels

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    23
    Jun
    2021

    Online Seminar: "EU Transport & Railway Affairs (ETCR)", June 23, June 28 - July 2, 9 and 16 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Online Event

    The aim of this virtual seminar is to offer railway related organizations an annual seminar on the latest developments within the railway sector on European level. Participants get the unique opportunity to work 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.

    Read more here.

    Online Event
    June 23, June 28 - July 2, 9 and 16

  • Thu
    24
    Jun
    2021

    Online Course: “Advanced Course on the Annulment Action: Challenging EU Acts Successfully Before the Court of Justice of the EU”, 24-25 June (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    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 what EU acts can be challenged before the Court of Justice of the European Union!

    What will you learn?

    This online 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 online course you will learn about:

    • The standing rules applicable for private individuals to become parties of the proceeding. Due account will be taken of 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 CJEU and the how to plead orally during the hearing before the CJEU
    • The procedure to appeal the decision rendered by the General Court before the Court of Justice.

    Programme Organiser: Ms Juliette Mollicone-Boussuge

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    28
    Jun
    2021

    Online Course: "Intensive Seminar on the EU", June 28 - July 16 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Online Event

    The Intensive Seminar on the European Union is a one to three weeks 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.

    Read more here.

    Online Event

    June 28 - July 16

  • Tue
    29
    Jun
    2021

    Online Course: “Competitive Dialogue and Negotiated Procedures Master Class”, 29-30 June (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    Competitive dialogue and negotiated procedures are difficult to implement effectively but are essential for complex infrastructure and ICT projects and to modernise public services in the current fiscal climate. In the 2014 Public Procurement Directives Competitive Dialogue and the new Competitive Procedure with Negotiation are easier to justify than in the former directives and thus are more readily available for use. The rules for the two procedures are different and the procedural rules for the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation are more detailed than the former rules of procedures including negotiation. Competitive Dialogue was also been introduced as an available procedure in the utilities sectors in Directive 2014/25/EU.

    The many practical questions about the effective implementation of these procedures include, for example:

    • When is Competitive Dialogue a better procurement route than the Restricted Procedure or the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation?
    • What justification will be needed for the use of Competitive Dialogue or the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation in the current directives?
    • What do awarding bodies need to do to plan the effective use of these procedures?
    • How can awarding bodies best use the flexibility which the procedures provide?

    Programme Organiser: Ms Belinda Vetter

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    29
    Jun
    2021

    Roundtable “How to successfully influence EU negotiations?”, June 29 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    This round-table initiates a series on Negotiation & Influence. The events aim to provide participants with a toolbox to influence EU decision-making through instruments, strategies, and actions based on our panellists’ expertise and experience. Participants will become equipped to maximise their influence in Brussels, be this within the Council, European Commission, European Parliament, or the wider Brussels environment.

    This series is also relevant to those trying to influence EU decision-making from the private sector and those outside the EU by offering tools for extending influence to Brussels and advice on transforming reach into actual policy changes.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    29
    Jun
    2021

    Online Course: “Challenges Posed by the Technological Disruption, Data Protection and Artificial Intelligence”, June 29-30 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    Artificial intelligence has become the mainstream data-driven technologies during these last years due to its ability to drive transformation across multiple sectors. While artificial intelligence technologies’ potential benefits can be massive for growth and development, ‘there is no such thing as a technological silver bullet’.

    Over the last decades, the concept of data protection has been provoked by technological innovation, and with artificial intelligence technologies, it is no different.

    How can we responsibly develop artificial intelligence technologies?
    How can we ensure that collected personal data are used with positive benefits by artificial intelligence technologies?
    How can we make sure that we are not setting an undesirable precedent for the future?

    These are some of the questions we are going to tackle during this course.  With a particular focus on European policy-making and the European legal frameworks and proposals, we will pinpoint the challenges posed by these new technologies and find clear methods to address such challenges as a pre-condition to develop an ecosystem of trust.

    What will you learn?

    • Become familiar with the concepts of artificial intelligence, high-risk artificial intelligence, open data, use and re-use of data, data altruism, data protection impact assessment;
    • Develop knowledge of relevant EU instruments, including the General Data Protection Regulation, Open Data Directive, Data Governance Act (proposal), Regulation on a European Approach for Artificial Intelligence (proposal);
    • Discuss challenges and opportunities related to the deployment and use of artificial intelligence technologies;
    • Understand the frictions between data protection provisions and the use of artificial intelligence;
    • Gain insights on how artificial intelligence has been harnessed or is intended to be harnessed in the government processes and for public services;
    • Become familiar with the risks and threats when using artificial intelligence technologies;
    • Learn when and how to conduct a data protection impact assessment for the implementation of artificial intelligence technologies;
    • Benefit directly from the insights of artificial intelligence policymakers and experts and benefit from networking opportunities during the online breaks;
    • Develop your international professional network in the field of artificial intelligence and data protection.

    Course methodology/highlights and level

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

    • detailed explanations of the key concepts, principles, roles and responsibilities of the artificial intelligence actors;
    • insights with practical examples based on thorough scientific research;
    • input and coaching on practical issues encountered by participants;
    • a highly interactive approach – the course structure will give you opportunities to ask questions and share experiences during the dedicated Q&A sessions and online breakout rooms.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    29
    Jun
    2021

    Online Event: “Shaking EU solidarity in the Western Balkans: views from Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia”, June 29

    11:00Online Event

    The debate on the future of Europe has gained a new momentum due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related recovery measures adopted by the EU. Regarding the Western Balkans, the EU and the European Investment Bank have mobilized over EUR 3.3 billion to support the region in tackling the coronavirus health crisis and post-pandemic socio-economic recovery.

    Across the Western Balkans, support for the EU enlargement process remain relatively high among citizens, but recent challenges have also empowered Eurosceptic voices. Moreover, in many EU Member States there has been a strong debate about the proposed enlargement, but the slow process of negotiations with countries in the region, and constant use of veto powers in the European Council against continuing accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia, have also caused fatigue in the accession debate. Consequently, it is crucial to discuss not only the future of the EU and EU solidarity inside its borders, but also in its closest neighbourhood.

    What is the relation between EU solidarity, recovery packages and the enlargement process in the Western Balkans? Can this process help to tip the scales away from Euroscepticism?

    In the framework of the upcoming publication of TEPSA’s new book Solidarity in Action and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals, TEPSA is organising a virtual panel discussion on Tuesday, 29 June 2021, at 11:00-12:15 (CET). Contributors to the book from Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia will discuss the topic of EU Solidarity in the context of the Western Balkans.

    The discussion will be moderated by Johannes Pollak, Director of and Professor of Political Science at the Webster Vienna Private University, Austria, and co-editor of TEPSA’s book series “The Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals”.

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  • Mon
    05
    Jul
    2021

    Online Course: “EU Energy Policy”, July 5-9 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Online Event

    By the end of the course, participants will have a full understanding of the different aspects to take into consideration when approaching the Green Deal and the EU’s strategies for reducing emissions while maintaining competitiveness, including carbon taxes, promoting renewables, clean mobility, and much more.

    Read more here.

  • Mon
    05
    Jul
    2021

    Online Training Seminar: “EU Competition Law”, July 5-9 (College of Europe)

    Online Event

    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.

    Online, 5-9 July 2021

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    07
    Jul
    2021

    Online Conference: “XXVIII International Conference: Knowledge and Power in the Process of Decolonozation Revisited”, July 7-9 (IES, Poland)

    Online Event

    The special focus of the 2021 conference will be the question about the need, methods, and scope of decolonization of knowledge. A few years ago, the social movement “Rhodes Must Fall” shook universities across the globe. The movement was precipitated by a call by students at the University of Cape Town to remove a statue of British colonial leader Cecil Rhodes from the campus. In 2017, a number of statues of Confederate leaders were removed from the campus of the University of Texas, Austin following protests.

    In many countries, students and academics have demanded to rethink the relationships of power formed by colonialism and neocolonialism. In addition, it has been argued that the time has come to reflect more on alternative thinking, to take into account a broader pluralism of perspectives, worldviews, ontologies, epistemologies, and methodologies. Slogans such as “decolonize the university,” “liberate my degree,” and “my curriculum does not have to be white” have taken hold.

    All of this poses a fundamental question about the unity of knowledge. Is it universal or particular? It also raises questions about the content of the curriculum and the purpose of education.

    Reflection on the status of knowledge in the context of power relations is obviously not new. The seminal works of Michael Foucault from the ’60s and ’70s brought this issue to the center of academic interest and laid the foundations for the multi-threaded intellectual currently portrayed by the collective name of postmodernism in the ’80s. The next chapter of intellectual reflection on this issue arguably stemmed from social practices promoted by the ideas of multiculturalism.

    Today, it is worth returning to this topic. For several years we have been witnessing the intensification of demands for the decolonization of knowledge. However, in contrast to traditional phenomena associated with decolonization, this time such demands have not stayed in the periphery; they are present in the center. As a response, many important academic centers of the global north have decided to systematically determine to what extent the success of these institutions has been directly related to colonial domination and exploitation. For the first time, these institutions are beginning to take seriously the question of what to do to make this knowledge helpful in creating a more pluralistic picture of the world, and how to maintain universalism while at the same time being open for particularisms.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    12
    Jul
    2021

    Online Course: “Competition Policy & High-Tech Markets”, July 12-14 (College of Europe)

    Online Event

    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.

    Online, 12-14 July 2021

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    15
    Nov
    2021

    Training Course: "EU Project Management", November 15-19 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    College of Europe, Bruges

    The EU Project Management training course is a one-week interactive journey along with the life of EU-funded projects, from programming to project design, proposal writing, budgeting, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation. High level experienced practitioners lead participants through a curriculum based on the latest project management methodologies.

    Bruges, Belgium
    15-19 November 2021

     

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