Upcoming Events

  • Tue
    30
    Aug
    2022

    Online Debate: “Europe’s energy supply with Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Franziska Brantner”, August 30 (IEP, Germany)

    Online Event

    The question of the security of energy supply in Europe is more urgent than ever in the face of Russia’s war of aggression. In the future, European energy policy must also be thought of as a security policy. Germany plays a special role here. With the REPowerEU package, the European Commission wants to contribute to the EU’s energy independence. How can we achieve strategic sovereignty in the field of energy supply without creating new dependencies? Which approaches are being pursued at federal and EU level? How can the conflict of objectives between short-term security of supply and long-term ecological transformation be resolved in the European context?

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    30
    Aug
    2022

    Seminar: “How Important Are Traditional Values for Putin’s Support?”, August 30 (NUPI, Norway)

    Oslo, Norway

    Since at least 2011–12, the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin has increasingly based its claims to legitimacy on support for “traditional” Russian values, values that have included religious and anti-LGBTQ+ appeals. We know very little, however, about whether this has actually worked. This reflects a larger gap in our understanding of authoritarian legitimacy: To what extent can legitimacy be shored up by illiberal “traditionalist” appeals?

    Learn more here.

  • Fri
    02
    Sep
    2022

    Workshop: “Back to the future? Japan-China-US power politics”, September 2 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Florence, Italy

    This workshop hosts major academics working on US, China and Japan’s foreign and security policies hailing from three continents in a event devoted to the discussion of contemporary triangular relations.

    2022 marks 50 years since President Richard Nixon’s surprise visit to China and the landmark Shanghai Communique, but also 50 years since the normalisation of diplomatic relations between Japan and China. Tokyo and Washington have consistently engaged China throughout most of these five decades, while China’s rise during the 21st Century brought along stormy power political undercurrents beneath Japan-China-US relations.

    This workshop includes the participation of major academics working on US, China and Japan’s foreign and security policies hailing from three continents in a event devoted to the discussion of contemporary triangular relations.

    Kindly note this event will be recorded.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    08
    Sep
    2022

    Online Workshop: “Working with Complexity”, September 8 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    The increasing complexity of policies requires governments and administrations to adapt and to find new and innovative solutions. In this workshop, we discuss how policy makers and administrations can cope with complexity, and how the challenge of increasing complexity can be seen as providing opportunities for innovation.

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    14
    Sep
    2022

    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.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    15
    Sep
    2022

    Roundtable: “CAF and Supreme Audit Institutions: Enhancing integrity in public sector”, September 15 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Public sector entities face increasing budgetary and operational pressures and the need for effective use of resources at a time of multiple and complex pressures. Auditors need to give assurance that public sector entities are responding to these challenges effectively and by doing so can enhance citizens’ trust in government at a time when it is being increasingly questioned.

    Public sector audit therefore needs to be forward looking as well as backward looking and change its approach to audit including broadening their skill set to make use of emerging technologies.

    The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) developed by the EUPAN network with the support of the CAF National Correspondents and EIPA,  has the potential to help for Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) to meet these challenges by bringing about culture change and more effective operational processes.

    During this session we will look into how the auditors can better target resources and be better skilled in assessing what to audit as well as how to audit.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    15
    Sep
    2022

    Seminar: “The role of strategic litigation in nationality matters”, September 15 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Florence, Italy

    The seminar will focus in particular on the role of strategic litigation in challenging citizenship law as the last permitted field for discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, or religion. The right to a nationality is unique among other rights set out in the international treaties in having no meaning outside of an international legal order made up of states. At the same time, the importance of the right to a nationality as the foundation for other human rights is rapidly increasing, as requirements to prove legal identity and immigration status become ever more pervasive. Because nationality is defined and created by national laws, legal remedies will almost always be needed for those excluded from recognition. This paper will consider the particular role of strategic litigation in shaping those remedies. Although other forms of advocacy to change a law or policy will always be needed, success in an important case can provide a fulcrum for wider advocacy for years to come, elevating the status of an issue in the eyes of the media, politicians and wider public, and shaping the narrative of what is happening. Litigation can make visible the particular viciousness of exclusion from nationality among disadvantaged groups generally ignored by wider society. Strategic litigation may also have impacts across borders. This is most obviously the case for decisions of the international courts and treaty bodies – indeed, in the most blocked situations, such cases may have more influence in another country than they do in their own. But cases at national level, especially from similar legal systems, may also be persuasive in another country. The paper will focus in particular on the role of strategic litigation in challenging citizenship law as the last permitted field for discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, or religion. The presentation will draw on an evaluation of the Open Society Justice Initiative’s litigation over almost two decades on access to citizenship and identity documents, and a practitioners’ toolkit on the basis of the same evaluation.

    Learn more here.

  • Fri
    16
    Sep
    2022

    Online Workshop: “Crisis Management”, September 16 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    Recent health crisis and natural disasters have highlighted the urgent need for effective crisis management to increase preparedness and capabilities for response. In this workshop, we will present EU policies and initiatives, and discuss opportunities and challenges of transboundary crisis management.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    19
    Sep
    2022

    Online Course: “Managing Migration in Europe”, September 19 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Online Event

    In the coming years, the European Union (institutions, Member States, national parliaments, EU agencies, regions, etc.) should mobilise its resources and have its legislative, diplomatic, financial, security and humanitarian instruments drive a global strategy.

    To this end, for those working, researching or purely interested in this important policy it is critical to review, extend and update the knowledge and understanding of the instruments, best practices and tools on the current European migration and asylum policy.

    The programme, therefore, includes an overview of the main legal instruments for migration management at the EU level, as well as its main actors. Participants will understand and reflect upon implementation challenges that might arise when using these instruments at a national level.

    Linking theory to immediate practice, this three-day seminar incorporates interactive presentations on the technical content, practical case studies in small groups and feedback sessions.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    20
    Sep
    2022

    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.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    20
    Sep
    2022

    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

    You will:

    • 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.

    Course methodology/highlights

    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.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2022

    Online Workshop: “Strategic Foresight”, September 22 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    To anticipate the future is of utmost importance for governments to being able to adapt and prepare for change. In this workshop, we will present various EU initiatives and tools to integrate strategic foresight in policy making, and we will discuss the importance of administrative capacities for system resilience and preparedness.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2022

    Conference: “Radicalisation, secularism and the governance of religion”, September 22-23 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Brussels, Belgium

    How do different countries govern religious diversity? How can religiously motivated violent radicalisation be prevented while upholding fundamental rights? The GREASE project has spent the past three years exploring these and related questions in diverse parts of the world. The consortium’s key findings are being presented and discussed at a two-day research and policy conference in Brussels. Participants include leading researchers from around the globe.

    Topics:

    • How religious diversity is managed in different societies
    • How countries in various world regions deal with religiously inspired violent radicalization
    • How states and religious institutions engage with one another (and with what outcomes)
    • Strengths and limitations of secularist approaches
    • How religion relates to nationalism

    Learn more here.

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2022

    Conference: “World Trade Forum 2022”, September 23-24 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Bern, Switzerland

    The 2022 World Trade Forum, which is scheduled to take place from 23-24 September 2022, will bring together trade policy researchers and practitioners to discuss recent developments in global trade and investment.

    The main themes of the conference will include the shift from multilateral to a mix of plurilateral and unilateral approaches to managing systemic challenges like climate change; the turn towards industrial policy; changes in value chain-based production and trade in response to COVID-19; policy dimensions of the digitalization of trade; and the state of play in multilateral governance of the global trading system.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    26
    Sep
    2022

    Course: “EU Financial Services Law for Non-Lawyers: Institutional and Regulatory Framework – What’s New?”, September 26 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Luxembourg

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

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

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

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

    What will you learn:

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

    Thanks to this course you will learn about:

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

    Course methodology/highlights:

    The course sessions will be conducted by experts providing a presentation on key topics, illustrated with examples and cases from financial legal practice. All sessions will be followed by Q&A periods allowing for the exchange of ideas and discussion periods where participants will have the possibility to share professional experiences.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    26
    Sep
    2022

    Online Roundtable: “In defence of democracy in the EU political system”, September 26-27 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Online Event

    Democracies around the world have been faced with a series of interrelated challenges in recent years and European democracies are no different. Events in the last two years have exacerbated many of the most troubling trends and continue to test different elements of democratic politics across the continent. Amidst the immense socio-economic and political consequences from the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the EU’s commitment to and support of democracy is more important than ever.

    The challenge today for democracies in Europe and beyond is how to become more open and more resilient. Nevertheless, the unique constitutional arrangement of the European Union adds a level of complexity that warrants focused attention. Together with the need for effective climate action and a just energy as well as a digital transition, these crises have also raised the bar for better governance in the European Union (EU) political system. Forging an effective response will require innovation to reengage with the European electorate and consolidation to strengthen democratic institutions. It will also require greater promotion of the rule of law and greater protection for the kind of free speech that facilitates a rational political debate. This policy roundtable brings together politicians, policymakers, academics, and policy analysts to set an agenda for positive action. Speakers from across Europe, as well as, from across the political spectrum will come together to assess the way forward centred around 4 main themes:

    • Innovating democracy: Citizens’ participation in the EU system after the Conference on the Future of Europe
    • Consolidating democracy: Reform of the electoral system for the European Parliament and its right to initiate legislation
    • Protecting democracy: How to defend and advance the rule of law within the European Union?
    • Protecting democracy: How to safeguard rational political debate from disinformation, whilst respecting free speech?

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    28
    Sep
    2022

    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.

    Course methodology/highlights

    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.

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    28
    Sep
    2022

    Online Course: “European Defence & Security: New Threats, New Responses”, September 28-30 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Online Event

    An ever changing international stage and new threats such as cyber-attacks, climate change, hybrid threats, global terrorism, etc. call for more integrated mechanisms and strategic autonomy. This course is a unique opportunity to get a thorough understanding and practical approach of how the EU is trying to address and prioritise this key topic.

    The programme analyses how the EU is boosting its ambitions, efforts and tools to address rapidly evolving security challenges both within the EU and outside its borders. Throughout the course, participants will receive a complete understanding of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), the institutional mechanisms linked to it and the state of play on how the EU is acting on the defence and security front (internally and externally) and facing new threats (in particular, cyberthreats and climate change) with key partners (institutional, private sector and the non-state actors).

    The course combines different learning approaches:

    • Interactive training sessions on the CSDP, new threats, EU partnerships in the field of Defence and Security and geopolitical dynamics;
    • Training resources and suggested readings;
    • Debates and discussions between practitioners and participants.

    Learn more here.

  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2022

    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.

    Learn more here.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2022

    Course: “European Public Procurement, PPP/Private Finance and Concessions”, October 25 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Barcelona, Spain

    The course will provide an up-to-date overview of the current rules and developments in European public procurement based on the public procurement directive (Directive 2014/24/EU) and the directive on the award of concession contracts (Directive 2014/23/EU). The public procurement directive will be examined in detail, covering the scope, procedures, rules on public contracts, contract performance and specific procurement regimes, and its practical development in the last years. The course will also address key issues in the use of competitive dialogue and the competitive procedure with negotiation. It will cover PPP/private finance, indicating where PPP are being used and when they work best for financing infrastructure projects.

    Course methodology/highlights:

    The Course includes case analysis, debates, and exercises, with plenty of interactive sessions. Participants would benefit from reading the Directives covered in the programme prior to the course.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    27
    Oct
    2022

    Online Workshop: “EU Fact Checking & EU Fact Finding”, October 27-28 College of Europe, Bruges)

    Online Event

    EU Fact Checking & EU Fact Finding are two half-day workshops to learn how to find one’s way through the ‘jungle’ of EU-related websites and discover how to identify official vs unofficial and reliable vs unreliable EU information sources. An experienced trainer will guide participants using interactive presentations made available during and after the workshop.

    The course combines different learning approaches:

    • Interactive training sessions examining theoretical and practical aspects of analysing and identifying reliable EU information sources and data;
    • Workshops designed to identify and develop essential practical skills;
    • Individual and collective feedback giving participants the opportunity to maximise their personal learning experience;
    • Active debates between the trainer and participants.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu
    27
    Oct
    2022

    Online Course: “Sustainable Finance in the EU: The EU Taxonomy Regulation and the ‘Do no Significant Harm’ Principle”, October 27-28 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    The course introduces the foundations of sustainable finance in the EU as an integral part in support of the European Green Deal. Learn about the EU taxonomy regulation and the “do no significant harm principle”, which is the underlying principle of sustainable finance.

    This course introduces the foundations of sustainable finance with a focus on the  taxonomy regulation. The taxonomy aims to channel investment by classifying sustainable economic activities. The “do no significant harm” principle informs the classification of such activities, it entails disclosure requirements for businesses and is applied in cohesion policy and the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

    You will learn about

    • The foundations of sustainable finance in the EU
    • The taxonomy regulation and the Commission delegated acts laying down technical screening criteria for implementation
    • The challenges of applying the “do no significant harm” principle in the Member States and businesses
    • Ongoing policy initiatives to extend the scope of the taxonomy in the context of global sustainable finance

    Course methodology/highlights

    The course will be delivered online via Zoom. The sessions will be delivered by experts providing presentations on key topics. All presentations will be followed by Q&A and discussion. Through exercises, participants are invited to engage with topics from a practical perspective. Hence, the course methodology includes frontal instruction, interactive elements and exercises.

    Learn more here.

  • Fri
    28
    Oct
    2022

    Online Course: “EU Law Resources on the Web: Finding the EU Info You Need in a Couple of Clicks”, October 28 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    The official website of the European Union (www.europa.eu) is the biggest digital portal on the net. It is also the point of entry to an immense plethora of digital resources for professionals working with the EU, economic operators who want to pursue business in the EU, citizens and consumers living and working in the EU and academics and scholars researching about the EU. Moreover, a countless number of other websites (either free or commercial) have flourished over the years augmenting even more the information offer ready to be accessed.

    This hands-on, practical and interactive online course has as an aim to provide its audience with a chart on the most useful and practical EU information resources, and demonstrate to them which tools to use to quickly obtain official documents, publications, statistics, open data and legal information about EU, how to intervene in EU consultations and express and voice interests in the making of EU legislation and how  to find about funding opportunities provided by the EU and apply to projects and public contracts.

    What will you learn?

    Thanks to this online course, you will learn how to find quickly and efficiently:

    • policy initiatives, legislative proposals and work programmes;
    • legislation, case law and summaries of legislation;
    • policy papers and press releases;
    • public procurement notices, call for tenders, grants and loans;
    • contact information, ‘who’s who’ and ‘who’s doing what’ in the EU.

    Course methodology

    The central element of this online course will be a webinar delivered ‘live’ via ZOOM on 28 October 2022. The webinar will feature a number of content sessions conducted by experts who will offer demonstrations of the most useful websites and databases. All these sessions will be followed by Q&A periods where participants will have the possibility to formulate questions and share professional experiences.

    Moreover, the webinar will also feature a final interactive session devoted to the resolution of practical ‘search’ exercises, which will allow participants to develop hands-on expertise by exploring the websites themselves under the experts’ guidance.

    Extensive training and support material (PP presentations, guideline documents, audio visual material, etc.) will be provided to participants via the course’s online platform.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    14
    Nov
    2022

    Online Course: “The design and management of projects from A to Z”, November 14-18 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Online Event

    A one-week interactive journey through the life of EU-funded projects, from programming to project designproposal writingbudgetingproject implementationmonitoring 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.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    14
    Nov
    2022

    Online Course: “EU Project Management”, November 14-18 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Online Event

    A one-week interactive journey through the life of EU-funded projects, from programming to project designproposal writingbudgetingproject implementationmonitoring 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.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    14
    Nov
    2022

    Course: “Negotiations in Practice”, November 14-18 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Bruges, Belgium

    The purpose of this five-day training course is to provide participants with a practical insight into the negotiation mechanisms and dynamics between and within the EU institutions. Our high-level trainers will give them the necessary tools and guidance to enhance their negotiation, communication, influencing and lobbying skills.

    Our course trainers, who all have first-hand experience of negotiations at the highest level or in-depth negotiation analysis, will teach participants how to become successful and strategic negotiators within the political and legal structures of the EU.

    The course combines different learning approaches:

    • Interactive training sessions examining theoretical and practical aspects of negotiations and the specificities of the EU decision-making process: the theory and practice of international negotiations; mechanics and dynamics of the EU Institutions; EU decision-making structures; influencing the EU from outside.
    • Simulation exercises based on real dossiers where you will take over the role of a negotiator in the Council of the European Union and the United Nations and will be confronted with actual conditions and constraints of the official decision-making procedures.
    • Workshops designed to identify, develop and practise negotiation, communication and other essential skills: communication techniques and strategies; negotiation skills; lobbying strategies.
    • Comprehensive feedback sessions to assess one’s negotiation style and identify areas for improvement.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon
    21
    Nov
    2022

    Course: “Communicating in an EU-related environment”, November 21-23 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    Bruges, Belgium

    This three-day programme was designed to help participants navigate the complex and yet important communications field in an EU related-environment. With a vast variety of interlocutors (the institutions, the Member States, service and contract providers working for the EU, the Regions, the private sector, etc.), communicating within the framework of a European Project and/or on EU Affairs is a challenge as well as an inspiring and highly creative task.

    The course combines different learning approaches, on both substance and skills:

    • Interactive training sessions examining theoretical and practical aspects of communication;
    • Best practices and dos and don’ts in key areas such as strategic communications, social media, campaigns and event management;
    • Workshops designed to identify and develop essential practical skills related to the design of communication strategies and action plans.
    • A practical exercise, where participants will reflect together and put into practice the theoretical knowledge acquired during the sessions;
    • Individual and collective feedback giving participants the opportunity to maximise their personal learning experience.

    Learn more here.

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