Agenda

  • Wed
    05
    Oct
    2022

    Online debate: "Capacity subscription contracts for the electricity markets", October 5 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    14:00Online

    This Florence School of Regulation debate examines to what extent capacity subscription contracts could be part of enhancing the current electricity target model.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    06
    Oct
    2022

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

    Online Event

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

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

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

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

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    06
    Oct
    2022

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

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

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

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

    What you will learn in this course:

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

    Course methodology/highlights

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

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

    Learning path on Better Regulation

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

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

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    06
    Oct
    2022

    Webinar: “The future of nuclear energy in the Baltic Sea Region”, October 6 (DIIS, Denmark)

    08:30Online

    Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 put the issue of energy supply at the top of the EU’s security agenda and led to a U-turn policy shift in its energy relations with Russia. States across the EU struggle to mitigate the unfolding energy crisis and the Baltic Sea Region is no exception. Faced with the double challenge of phasing out Russian fossil fuels and accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy, much attention is being paid to nuclear energy.

    This webinar invites four experts on nuclear energy from Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Germany to discuss the future of nuclear energy in the respective countries of the Baltic Sea region following the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    06
    Oct
    2022

    Seminar: “Who rules? Who belongs? Two questions, three revolutions, six propositions”, October 6 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    11:00San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy

    This presentation seeks to reveal the underlying grammar, the principles, of citizenship and to chart a path forward in an environment in which the practice of democracy has become decoupled from the principles of citizenship.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    06
    Oct
    2022

    International Conference: “Foresight in the European Union”, October 6-7 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    12:30Bruges, Belgium

    On 6-7 October 2022, the College of Europe, Bruges campus, will organise an international conference to discuss the role of foresight in the European Union which has become increasingly important as recent crises have shown. The working language is both French and English on 6 October, and English only on 7 October.

    In the afternoon of 6 October 2022, a panel and a roundtable, organised by the European General Studies programme, will be dedicated to the institutionalization and professionalization of foresight in the EU. The panel will bring together experts offering historical and sociological perspectives on how foresight became part of the EU’s institutional structure, which actors drive the foresight agenda and how they do this. It will be followed by a roundtable debate on the contemporary practice of foresight.

    On 7 October 2022, the part of the conference organised by the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies will focus on “Foresight in the European Union’s External Action”. It will begin with a panel that assesses the role and potential of foresight within and for the EU’s strategic external action, before turning to what this means for the European Union and the green and digital transformation in Africa.

    The keynote address will be delivered by the European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen. She will speak on the topic of “EU Relations with Africa and the Global Gateway”. The Commissioner’s keynote address will be followed by a roundtable with different stakeholders who discuss how foresight can inform and support the EU’s policies regarding the green and digital transformation in Africa. This input will then serve as the basis for an exchange with policy-makers from the EU institutions.

    Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    10
    Oct
    2022

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

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

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

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

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

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    10
    Oct
    2022

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

    18:00Brussels, Belgium

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

  • 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.  

  • 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.

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