Agenda

  • Wed
    05
    May
    2021

    Online Course: "Evaluation and Monitoring of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds Programmes, 2014-2020 and 2021-2027", May 5-7 & 11-12 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    Member States continue to conduct evaluations of their 2014-2020 EU Structural and Cohesion Funds projects and programmes. Have they collected the best monitoring data and do they know how to measure impacts? Which evaluation method should be used – theory-based or counter-factual? As new programmes for 2021-2027 are now being agreed and implemented, are we clear about what the New Regulations say about monitoring and evaluation requirements? This is a webinar that will go on for 5 days (mornings and afternoons).

    Online Event
    May 5-7 & 11-12

  • Thu
    06
    May
    2021

    Online Conference: “European Cities in the Process of Constructing and Transmitting European Cultural Heritage”, May 6 (IES, Poland)

    Online Event

    The conference is the outcome of an international project carried out at the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University, as part of the Erasmus+ Programme (Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. Strategic Partnerships for higher education: nr ref. 2018-1-PL01-KA203-050963).

    The conference will be an opportunity to discuss the issues of constructing and transferring the cultural heritage of Europe, its multicultural image, and its international character in selected European cities.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    10
    May
    2021

    Seminar Series: “Researching the Niqab with Agnès De Feo and Agnès Villechaise”, May 10 (Sciences Po CEE, France)

    Online Event

    The 2011 law banned concealment of the face in public space, at a time when fewer than 2,000 women wore the niqab in France. But they remain at the heart of a lively debate on the place of Islam in French society. How to survey these women with the rigor and empathy necessary for the social sciences? Two researchers try to do it. Agnès De Féo presents the results of ten years in the field, interviewing and filming more than a hundred “niqabees”. Agnès Villechaise discusses them from a broader perspective, exploring the renewal of the relationship with religion among Muslims and Muslims in France in their diversity and complexity.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    10
    May
    2021

    Webinar: “Belarus: At the Height of Mobilisation and Repression”, May 10 (NUPI, Norway)

    13:00Online Event

    Nine months after the massive political protests started as a reaction to the 2020 presidential elections, this webinar examines the state of the political crisis in Belarus.

    The 2020 presidential elections in Belarus mobilized political protests of a scale and scope not seen since the country gained independence in 1991. It also unleashed unprecedented mass repression by President Lukashenka’s government against any signs of political dissent.

    Nine months after the beginning of the protests, we examine the state of the political crisis in Belarus and strategies of authoritarian survival as well as peaceful political resistance.

    We will discuss what factors have contributed to the erosion of the authoritarian political system prior to the 2020 elections and how the oppositional movement gained a political momentum. In light of many political uncertainties in the future of Belarus, we will review what has changed in Belarusian society and how Belarusians view these changes.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    25
    May
    2021

    Online Course: "Implementing the New Regulations for EU Structural and Cohesion Funds programmes in 2021-2027", May 25, 26 and 28 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    The New Cohesion Policy Regulations will be published in May 2021. What changes have been made to the Draft Regulations (proposal)? What are the resulting key changes, compared to the 2014-2020 period? New Operational Programmes for 2021-2027 have been prepared and are being negotiated and agreed. How have the Programmes changed? How have they selected priorities and planned finances and how do they measure performance?

    This online seminar will address these questions and examine the new 2021-2027 regulations in detail. We will refer to the new Programme and Reporting templates. We will see how Programmes have been simplified and we will consider the impact of the health crisis on new Programmes.

    Read more here.

    Online Event

    May 25, 26 and 28

  • Fri
    28
    May
    2021

    Webinar: “Mixed Signals: What Putin Says about Gender Equality”, May 28 (NUPI, Norway)

    14:30Online Event

    Researchers on Russia have noticed that Putin gradually has adopted a more conservative agenda, especially as regards gender issues. But is this reflected in the Russian president’s own rhetoric?

    The prevailing wisdom among Russia scholars is that President Vladimir Putin has become a more conservative, traditionalist politician over time, especially on gender issues. Laws and policies reflecting this “conservative turn” include the “gay propaganda law” in 2013, and the “maternity capital” policy introduced in 2006. But does Putin’s own rhetoric about gender and gender equality reflect this conservative trend?

    To better understand this ideological shift and how Putin rules, we examine two decades of Putin’s annual speeches aimed at a broad domestic audience. Here we find that while the frequency of Putin’s remarks embracing gender equality has declined over the course of his rule, there is no accompanying shift toward an explicit conservativism. Rather, there is an expansion of the gender-stereotypical/Soviet view that has dominated Putin’s pronouncements on gender-related issues all along. Putin’s varied communications on gender equality constitute an important part of his legitimation strategy, which entails balancing the potentially contradictory interests of elites as well as multiple constituencies within the general public.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    03
    Jun
    2021

    Conference: “1st Visegrad conference”, June 3-4 (IWE CERS, Hungary)

    Online Event

    The Visegrad economies form a unique group of European countries, with numerous common elements of history, politics, geography, economics, business, science, arts and culture. These common elements have been shaped, influenced and modified by many external and internal factors over the history, including cooperation between these countries at many levels and spanning many centuries. The latest form of their political cooperation, the Visegrad Group, which was established in Visegrad to promote progress and development in the region, turned 30 years’ old this year.

    Due to these numerous common characteristics, in the various areas of analysis, the four countries act as “natural” comparative partners for each other. It is easier to understand developments and challenges faced by one country in the context of Visegrad comparison. It is easier to understand, what is going on in the Central and East European part of Europe, if all four countries are analysed.

    The aim of the present conference is to further strengthen these comparative approaches, through concentrating on four areas.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    07
    Jun
    2021

    Training Course: "EU Project Management", June 7-11 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Online Event

    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.

    Online Event
    7-11 June 2021

     

  • Mon
    07
    Jun
    2021

    Online Course: “EU Financial Services Law for Non-Lawyers: Institutional and Regulatory Framework – What’s New?”, 7-8 June 2021 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

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

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

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

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

    What will you learn?

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

    Thanks to this online course you will learn about:

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

    Programme Organiser: Ms Clare Jaquith

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    14
    Jun
    2021

    Online Course: "Monitoring & Evaluation", June 14 - 16 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Online Event

    Improve, extend and update your knowledge and understanding of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) techniques through a specialized and practical training programme. This technical and interactive training programme presents the purpose of M&E and useful practices. The objective of this course is to ensure that participants are thoroughly acquainted with the main principles and techniques of M&E of EU funded projects.

    Read more here.

    Online Event
    June 14 - 16

  • Mon
    14
    Jun
    2021

    Online Course: “Data Protection Certification Course”, 14-18 June 2021 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    Are you willing to go that extra mile to become the next generation Data Protection Officer? Because this is what we, at EIPA, have done when preparing this course for you! In a time of unprecedented challenges to our status quo, with organisations forced to adapt overnight to the new normal, data protection has been ranking high on the European agenda. More than ever, you will play an essential role in supporting your organisation to safeguard the privacy rights in a time of accelerated digital transformation.

    This is why a multifaceted approach in delivering this 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 will involve applying an interactive and on-the-job methodology: role playing, concrete and realistic case studies, with both successful and non-successful outcomes and peer-to-peer discussions. By the end of the course, you will be provided with all the tools to design or augment a thorough data protection compliance programme in your organisation.

    What will you learn?

    • The European legal framework for data protection (including the GDPR);
    • Key data protection concepts, principles and obligations;
    • Actors, roles and responsibilities;
    • The role of the DPO (Data Protection Officer), the EDPS (European Data Protection Supervisor) and the national supervisory authorities;
    • Severity assessment of data breaches and assurance role of the DPO (accountability, requirements and demonstrating compliance);
    • Cyber security, data protection audits, privacy and digital sovereignty;
    • Options and solutions for cross-border data transfer and third-country data transfers;
    • e-Privacy design and impact assessment;
    • Grounds for processing, including legitimate interest and consent;
    • The rights of data subjects and how to handle them.

    Programme Organiser: Ms Eveline Hermens

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    14
    Jun
    2021

    Training Course: “Belgian Generic Training (BGT) on Civilian Crisis Management”, June 14-25 (Egmont, Belgium)

    Online Event

    This BGT integrated course stems from a partnership between the Egmont Institute, the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Belgian Ministry of Justice and the Belgian Federal Police. The course seeks to strengthen and consolidate the capacities of experts from various backgrounds for potential future deployment in the field. Participants will benefit from both theoretical and practical modules. The program will provide a thorough and multi-layered understanding of various aspects of civilian crisis management. At the same time, it will be grounded in interactivity and pragmatism, equipping participants with concrete tools for action. This enthusing (and corona-proof!) edition will run from 14-25 June 2021. 

    You’ll find more info on the BGT training on CCM here.

  • Tue
    15
    Jun
    2021

    Online Course: “EU Legal Information Resources on the Web – Finding What you need in a Couple of Clicks”, 15-16 June (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    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 the 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;
    • bibliographical, translation, linguistic and terminological information;
    • contact information, ‘who’s who’ and ‘who’s doing what’ in the EU.

    Programme Organiser: Ms Stéphanie Gemnig Comodi

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    17
    Jun
    2021

    Online Course: “Recent Developments in European Public Procurement and Case Law”, 17-18 June (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    This online seminar will provide you with an update on the legal issues in European public procurement. Legal experts and practitioners will explain in an accessible manner the recent legal developments and recent case law in the field of European public procurement.

    The first part of the seminar will concentrate on recent developments in public procurement at European level and the second part will be devoted to recent case law.

    You will receive an insight into the recent jurisprudence of the General Court. This case law relates to challenges to contract awards by the EU institutions/agencies/bodies and is based on procurement under the Financial Regulation. Special attention will be given to the recent case law of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in the field of procurement. In addition, the essence of the remedies directives and the related case law will be presented and interpreted for you.

    Programme Organiser: Ms Belinda Vetter

    Learn more here.

  • Fri
    18
    Jun
    2021

    Closing Ceremony: "Mário Soares Promotion 2020-2021", June 18 (College of Bruges)

    14:00Online Event

    The Closing Ceremony for the Mário Soares Promotion 2020-2021 of the College of Europe, Bruges campus, takes place on Friday 18 June 2021 at 14:00.

    Speakers will be Mr Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the Administrative Council of the College of Europe, Rector Federica MOGHERINI; Mrs Zociana STAMBOLLIU, President of the Alumni Association of the College of Europe; and Student Representatives. Different prizes will be awarded to students of the Mário Soares Promotion. The closing ceremony will be livestreamed.

    Online Event
    June 18

  • 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.

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