Online Course: “Competitive Dialogue and Negotiated Procedures Master Class”, June 30 – July 1 (EIPA, Maastricht)
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?
Experience shows that not all methods of using Competitive Dialogue and the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation have so far been equally effective in promoting value for money for the public sector, and objective advice on when and how to use these procedures is hard to find.
This very practical Master Class will give you the opportunity to receive case-specific advice on the issues arising in your own procurement from our experts and from other participants.
The approach is based on a high degree of interactive discussion of practical issues faced at all stages of the procurement award process, allowing for maximum possible attention to individual cases.
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Online Event: “EU-Russia Relations and the War in Ukraine: from a Portuguese Perspective”, June 30
The aggressive invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops in February 2022 marks a new low in the already-tense relationship between the EU and Russia. The horrendous attack not only brought widespread global condemnation, particularly from the EU27, but also a wide range of new sanctions against Putin’s regime.
As a NATO ally and European Union Member State, Portugal stands firm in its opposition to Russia’s war of aggression, a position already carved out by successive aggressive actions by Russia in recent years. Since 2014, the Portuguese position on Russia has been rapidly cooling, with the former Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs Martins da Cruz dryly noting, in the wake of the Skripal affair, “Russia is not at the top of the Portuguese political agenda”.
Whether left or right-wing parties are in power, Portugal seems to align with its American and European allies regarding Moscow. Precisely, how and why has the Portuguese position developed as such since 2014? What discussions are taking place regarding Russia in the Portuguese political sphere? And how has Putin’s war of aggression in Ukraine affected both the citizens’ and politicians’ views on Russia?
To explore these questions and more, TEPSA and its Portuguese Member Institute, the Portuguese Institute of International Relations (IPRI), invite you to “EU-Russia Relations and the War in Ukraine: from a Portuguese Perspective”, an online debate taking place on June 30 at 10:00am CET.
The debate will feature contributions from:
- Sónia Sénica, Research Fellow at IPRI-NOVA and CNN Portugal International Politics Commentator
- Helena Ferro Gouveia, LUSA Administrator and CNN Portugal International Politics Commentator
- Diana Soller, Research Fellow at IPRI-NOVA and CNN Portugal International Politics Commentator
“EU-Russia Relations and the War in Ukraine: from the Portuguese Perspective” will analyse relations in the context of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, and of TEPSA’s upcoming book “EU-Russia Relations and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals”, published by Springer and edited by Michael Kaeding, Johannes Pollak, and Paul Schmidt.
Seminar: “EU Transport & Railway Affairs (ETCR)”, July 4-15 (College of Europe, Bruges)
The European Training Centre for Railways (ETCR), the College of Europe and the European Union Agency for Railways are jointly organizing the 59th edition of the ETCR Seminar on EU Transport and Railway Affairs, a summer school taking place from 4 to 15 July 2022. The seminar includes study visits to Brussels and Antwerp.
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Conference: “Algeria-Belgium: a Shared Memory”, July 6 (Egmont, Belgium)
This conference as part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of independence will take place at the Egmont Palace (Europe Room) from 2 to 7 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. It will evoke a part of the common history between Algeria and Belgium. It will evoke the Belgians who supported the Algerian Revolution and highlight their contributions on several fronts: political, media, humanitarian, medical and judicial. It will shed light on the context of the time.
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Course: “EU Competition Law”, July 11-15 (College of Europe, Bruges)
The College’s EU Competition Law training programme provides its participants with 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. High level experienced professionals lead participants through a curriculum based on the latest developments and trends of EU Competition law.
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Online Course: “Competition Policy & Digital Markets”, July 18-20 (College of Europe, Bruges)
The Competition Policy & Digital Markets course had some work done! The programme is fully revised, and together with the newly appointed Course Director Viktoria ROBERTSON (Professor of Competition Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as at the University of Graz) the course will be focusing on how antitrust law shapes the EU Digital Single Market.
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Course: “Performance Auditing of EU Co-Funded Investments by the European Court of Auditors 2021-2027”, September 14-16 (EIPA, Maastricht)
Results, or no results – that is the key question! The European Court of Auditors (ECA) carries out three types of audit on EU policies and spending programmes: financial, compliance and performance audits. Each of them has different objectives, addresses different audit questions and applies different methodologies. This course is about the ambition of the EU to be more results-oriented in the current programming period 2021–2027 using a framework where performance and results are the keywords.
This highly practical course presents all aspects of each stage of the performance audit process. It includes the unique feature of providing an insight into how the European Court of Auditors plan, prepare and implement their audit assignments, covering real-life audit case studies and experiences of the Court’s teams.
It explains how performance will be measured during the 2021–2027 period, has some unique features and insights with regard to the analysis of costs and benefits, and explains in detail the audit methodologies and tools used. It also demonstrates the strength of key performance indicators, and how to use them. The new aspect is that, when applying for this course, you will be given the opportunity to choose your preferred case study to work on from a broad range of different audits proposed by the Court’s team.
What will you learn
After the presentation of each stage of a performance audit, you will work on real-life case studies in small working groups with direct involvement and guidance from the key experts from the European Court of Auditors. This will enable you to learn how to carry out a performance audit yourself in your institution.
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Course: “Financial Management and Audit of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds 2021-2027”, September 20-23 (EIPA, Maastricht)
How have Programme Finance, Financial Management and Audit rules changed for the new 2021-2027 period? What are the key live issues for finance, control and audit at present and how are these likely to evolve in the future? What do new Programmes look like and have they taken advantage of the new, extraordinary financial flexibilities?
This course will compare the Financial Management and Audit rules between the 2014-2020 and 2021-2027 programming periods. There will be a special focus on financial planning, increasing the use of Simplified Costs Options, anti-fraud measures and protecting the audit trail.
We will also ask what financial management and audit lessons the new Structural Funds programmes and the new national RRF plans can learn from the 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy programming period.
What you will learn?
Dermot Byrne, a leading Member State audit practitioner, will underline how control and audit differ, look in detail at the audit of accounts, systems and operations for 2021-2027, and highlight key audit issues for Cohesion Policy and the RRF.
Using ARACHNE may become a requirement for some projects in the future. Luc Molemans, the European Commission’s ARACHNE Project manager, will explain and illustrate how ARACHNE works and how you can use it.
We look at how to complete the Simplified Cost Options section of the new OP template.
We will take a close look at the Programme and Reporting templates for the new Structural Funds programmes, examining the special link between finance and performance, and how will you report programme progress.
Finally, we take a special look at the urgent actions of the RRF (as well as under the CARE initiative) and the live issues of project selection, financial control and audit.
How we work
We aim to make the course as interactive as possible. Participants will have ample opportunity to exchange views informally on the course topics. Workshops and exercises will be used to help participants get to grips with practical tools and methodologies.
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Course: “Artificial Intelligence: Legal Challenges”, September 20-23 (EIPA, Maastricht)
The first part of the course will zoom into the fundamental concepts related to artificial intelligence from the ethics and fundamental rights perspective.
In sessions on ‘A European Strategy on Data and Artificial Intelligence’, you will gain a clear overview of how the European legal frameworks, including new proposals, address the challenges of technological disruption and the use of artificial intelligence technologies. You will understand how data can be made available for use and reuse in compliance with European principles and values, but also the roles of new actors (e.g. data-sharing providers, operators and users) and their responsibilities in developing, deploying and using artificial intelligence. The aim of the European Strategy on Artificial Intelligence to protect citizens and consumers, and stimulate positive innovation at the same time, will be the focus in the discussion on regulatory sandboxes and the gatekeeper role of the data protection authorities.
Over the last decades, the concept of data protection has been provoked by technological innovation and with artificial intelligence technologies, it is no different. So, a special focus will be placed on privacy and data protection. But other areas of law, such as tort law and competition law, can address the reliability of artificial intelligence technologies and additional concerns related to the deep market changes in a digitalised world.
In the last part of the course, sectoral specificities will be addressed. By landscaping the current state of the art in the different sectors, you will gain insights into how the Member States intend to integrate artificial intelligence in their governance processes, how the enforcement agencies are harnessing artificial intelligence technologies in their work and how the uptake of artificial intelligence has redesigned the healthcare services.
What will you learn
- become familiar with the concepts of artificial intelligence, high-risk artificial intelligence, open data, use and reuse of data, and data altruism;
- develop knowledge of relevant EU instruments, including the General Data Protection Regulation, Data Governance Act (proposal), Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act and the 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 concept of regulatory sandboxes and how this new ‘experimental instrument’ which emerged as a response to regulatory lag and frictions, supports innovation in the artificial intelligence field;
- understand the frictions between data protection provisions and the use of artificial intelligence;
- gain insights into how artificial intelligence has been harnessed or is intended to be harnessed in government processes and for public services, by the enforcement agencies and in the healthcare sector;
- gain knowledge on how to ensure competition in a digitised world and how tort law applies to artificial intelligence systems;
- become familiar with the risks and threats when using 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.
This course is also open to participants with less advanced knowledge of artificial intelligence and governance of data. It 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 with opportunities to ask questions and share experiences.
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Course: “Get Ready to Use the Right Skills in Bilateral Negotiations”, September 28-29 (EIPA, Maastricht)
Leaders and managers often think that negotiation skills training is only important for those who are directly exposed, such as teams and power negotiators in the organisation.
The reality is that no matter where in the organisation we are, we are negotiating on a daily basis to complete our work. Developing practical negotiation skills in leaders and managers as well as team members is the key to success for any organisation.
These skills teach you to focus on both the result and the relationship in any negotiation, deliberation or discussion. That’s why negotiation skills are crucial to create greater value for any organisation.
Here is what you and your team can expect to learn from the first step on EIPA’s negotiation training path:
- improve analytical and interpersonal soft skills in negotiation processes;
- negotiate a mandate and build a negotiation strategy;
- prepare and conduct a negotiation;
- build a mapping of stakeholders;
- evaluate your negotiation and decision-making abilities while bargaining on any matter;
- learn how to use practical tools and techniques of negotiation through simulated situations.
The objective of this two-day seminar is to make participants aware of the essential skills and techniques in negotiations. Several simulation exercises expose participants to various situations of negotiation. Debriefing sessions combined with theoretical insight provide participants with crucial learning points and takeaways to master the usual challenges of negotiations.
What will you learn
What essential techniques and negotiation skills will you acquire or improve?
By the end of the training, participants will know how to:
- define a negotiation strategy;
- enforce a negotiation mandate;
- use essential communication techniques to ensure optimal impact in any situation;
- master the most frequently encountered tactics used in negotiations;
- bargain and secure pay offs in viable deals.
The teaching method – highly operational in nature – uses a bottom-up approach based on several scenarios either hypothetical cases, or real-life cases introduced by the participants themselves.
The simulation exercises offer a learning-by-doing approach, while serving as eye-openers for participants.
The exercises help them acquire essential techniques and tools to negotiate better.
The trainers assist participants in building their individual action plan, aiming at implementing and developing their new negotiation abilities.
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Helsinki Security Forum 2022: “Northern European Security Redone”, September 30 – October 2 (FIIA, Finland)
Helsinki Security Forum brings together leaders, foreign policy experts and international media to discuss how this change affects Europe and what kind of role the European north has in this changing geopolitical environment. The theme of 2022 – Northern European Security Redone.
The first of the annual Helsinki Security Forum conference will be organized 30 September to 2 October 2022, in Hotel Clarion Jätkäsaari. The main panel discussions of HSF 2022 can be virtually attended by everyone. The HSF is organized by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), with support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Ministry of Defence of Finland, the Prime Minister’s office, and the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. The President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, acts as the patron of the conference.
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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.
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Online Course: “The design and management of projects from A to Z”, November 14-18 (College of Europe, Bruges)
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 interactive training course provides a thorough understanding of essential techniques for successful, results-oriented and cost-effective management of EU projects.
Designed to help professionals understand the complexities of EU funding schemes and keep projects on track, our project management training course covers all phases of an EU Project. More specifically, throughout the course, participants learn how to find EU funding opportunities, how to design a project and how to write a project proposal.
In addition, the course aims to support good management practices and effective decision-making throughout the project management cycle: from programming, identification, formulation, to implementation and evaluation.
Experienced high-level practitioners guide participants through a curriculum based on the latest project management methodologies.
The course combines different learning approaches:
- Interactive training sessions examining the theoretical and practical aspects of EU project management;
- Practical group exercises designed to develop essential project management skills;
- Case studies based on real EU-funded projects;
- Individual and collective feedback, giving participants the opportunity to maximise their personal learning experience.
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