Agenda

  • Mon
    03
    Oct
    2022

    Online Course: “Introduction to the Better Regulation Agenda”, October 3 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    What you will learn in this course:

    • the key concepts of Better Regulation (BR) and how they are applied across the policymaking cycle.
    • how the BR tools are used in practice in the European Commission (EC).
    • how Member States (MSs) implement the Better Regulation Agenda and gain insight into the challenges and pitfalls of different modalities

    Course methodology/highlights

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

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

    Learning path on Better Regulation

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

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    03
    Oct
    2022

    Course: “EU Diplomacy & Diplomatic Skills”, October 3 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Bruges, Belgium

    The European Union’s diplomatic efforts and external representation are inherently different from the Member-States’ external policies. The EU, with its strong background in peace mediation and public diplomacy, can be considered a unique diplomatic entity and a fascinating study-object.

    This three-day interactive course is designed for the participants to learn about EU diplomacy, to share experiences and to improve their diplomatic skills. After a short introduction to the EU’s external affairs and the European External Action Service (EEAS), the course will focus on relevant diplomatic skills. Practical sessions and exercises on political reporting, effectively communicating across cultures, and political analysis will add to the participants’ knowledge and skillset.

    All modules are delivered by high-level experienced professionals in the field of European and national diplomacy, reporting, communication and negotiations. The programme is designed to be as interactive as possible; active participation is required and networking opportunities are strongly encouraged throughout the course.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    03
    Oct
    2022

    Online Course: "EU Law for Non-Lawyers – Advanced" October 3-5 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online

    This online three-day course will provide you with a concentrated, in-depth introduction into the legal system of the EU and the most important principles governing the adoption and enforcement of European Union law. Each day comprises an autonomous content module, offering the participants the possibility to follow them all, since they can be taken as a coherent pedagogical sequence, or individually.

    Module 1. The EU legal system and the relationship between EU law and national law

    This module studies the repartition of competences of the EU and Member States in the regulation of policy sectors, analyses in detail the typology of EU legal acts adopted at the EU level, and comments on their respective legal force and their impact on state authorities and individuals. Finally, it evokes the fundamental concepts (primacy, direct effect, state liability, etc.) governing the relations between EU and national law, and their practical consequences on the daily work of national magistrates, law enforcers, members of the legislative authorities, etc.

    Module 2. Decision-making procedures for the adoption of EU law

    This module explores the roles and competences of the institutions (European Commission, Council of the EU and the European Parliament) in the preparation and negotiation of legal instruments which will become binding EU law. It also describes in detail the interaction of these three institutions in the formal procedures for the adoption of EU law (legislative procedures and procedures for the adoption of delegated and implementing acts). Finally, it also sheds light on the informal negotiations in the procedures and on the variety of strategies that non-institutional actors (e.g. interest representation, NGOs, professional federations) can resort to in order to present their own interests throughout the procedures.

    Module 3. The EU judicial system and enforcement of EU law

    This module firstly depicts the organisation of the judicial space in the EU, clarifying the respective role of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) and the national jurisdictions in the enforcement of EU legality. Secondly, it describes the structure and competences of the CJEU. Finally, it provides a detailed and practical account of the various procedures which may be brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union by EU institutions, Member States, and natural and legal persons to contest the legality of EU action to prosecute an alleged breach of EU law by a Member State, or to interrogate the Court about the meaning of an EU law provision.

    What will you learn:

    Private individuals, professionals of companies and the non-governmental sector, and civil servants (of both Member States and candidate countries) deal with various entities or organs of the EU administration and go through a plethora of EU documents in the accomplishment of their routine professional tasks (legal approximation efforts, participation in EU projects, EU funding, litigation, etc.). This course aims at providing these professionals with a clear overview of the EU, its structure, regulatory competences and internal procedures. It will also help them navigate through the jungle of various legal acts that are adopted at the EU level and to gain confidence when reading and analysing EU law-related documents. In addition, they will receive a systematised knowledge of the EU decision-making process and become familiar with different ways of challenging breaches of EU law before the Court of Justice of the EU.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    04
    Oct
    2022

    Online Course: “Regulatory ex-post Evaluations”, October 4 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event
    • Is your organisation interested in enforcing their ex-post evaluation function?
    • How can you manage evaluation activities better?
    • How can you ensure high-quality ex-post evaluations?
    • How can evaluation results provide the evidence required for decision-making, and help to improve policies and programmes?

    This online course will answer all these questions. Specifically, it will enhance your ability to design, manage and monitor the evaluations conducted by your organisation, irrespective of whether they are supported by EU funds.

    Learn how to ensure high-quality ex-post evaluations. First, gain a foundation of good practices in ex-post evaluation through the lessons learned from implementation of the BR Guidelines and Toolbox. Building on this foundation, gain insight into the pillars of a sound evaluation design (the intervention logic, evaluation criteria, evaluation questions and the evaluation matrix). Moreover, learn practical skills for managing evaluation studies and stakeholder engagement. Finally, learn about the latest developments and innovations in evaluation to help keep your evaluations state-of-the-art.

    What you will learn in this course:

    • How to manage an ex post evaluation of a legal act;
    • What evaluation design methodologies you can choose from to evaluate legislation.
    • What is state-of-the-art in ex post evaluation of legislation and what the future looks like.

    Course methodology/highlights

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

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

    Learning path on Better Regulation

    This course is part of our learning path on Better 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 Impact Assessments.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    04
    Oct
    2022

    Course: “Introductory and Practitioners’ Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice”, October 4 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Maastricht, The Netherlands

    This comprehensive seminar will provide you with an understanding of the principles and procedures of European public procurement policy, focusing on the Public Procurement Directives and relevant case law. You will be guided through the Public Procurement Directive 2014/24/EU and the Utilities Directive 2014/25/EU. During the seminar you will receive insights into the application of professional procurement practices.

    The four-day programme will begin with an ‘Introductory Seminar: European Public Procurement for Newcomers to Procurement’, which will be held on 4 October 2022. The three-day ‘Practitioners’ Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice’ will commence on the following day.

    If you are confident of all the basics, and do not feel that you need any further training on it, you can also register for the Practitioners’ Seminar only.

    What will you learn:

    After the four-day seminar you should have:

    • a good understanding of the European rules and principles on public procurement, including case law
    • awareness of the various phases in the procurement cycle and its practical implications
    • insights into professional procurement practices
    • an exchange of experiences with professionals from other countries and organisations in dealing with public procurement

    Course methodology/highlights:

    This introductory and advanced course includes exercises and cases. Participants would benefit from reading Directive 2014/24/EU in advance prior to the course.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    04
    Oct
    2022

    Seminar: “Vulnerability: Capturing ‘Care’ within Security Politics”, October 4, (IIR, Czech Republic)

    15:00Prague, Czech Republic

    We would like to invite you to our upcoming seminar which is part of Advances in International Studies organized by the Institute of International Relations Prague. Prof. Charlotte Heath-Kelly will discuss the rise of 'vulnerability support hubs' in UK counterterrorism and the meaning of vulnerability in governance practices.

    Learn more here.

  • 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.  

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