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Understanding EU Decision-Making: Principles, Procedures, Practice (+ preliminary module)

Understanding EU Decision-Making: Principles, Procedures, Practice (+ preliminary module)

I’m going to 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.

You will also receive insights as to what to expect from the new European Parliament and European Commission.

Who is this course for:

  • Officials who have taken on a new role in Brussels
  • Officials who have to take part in meetings in the Commission or Council
  • Anyone who needs to know how EU decision-making works in practice

Course methodology

  • Extensive insights with multiple examples and real life cases
  • Group exercises
  • Role plays and simulation games
  • Inputs from experienced EU practitioners.

After-course support
In order to help retain and deepen the knowledge acquired afterwards, you will receive a copy of Edward Best’s 2016 book Understanding EU Decision-Making, published with the support of the EU Publications Office.

The introductory module
We would want you to get maximum benefits out of this course, irrespective of your level of knowledge on EU decision-making.

So in this course, we have included an introductory module to be held on the afternoon before the commencement of the detailed course, covering the following topics:

  • 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 roles and structures of the EU institutions

While this module is optional, if you are not sure you are familiar with the basics, we recommend that you attend it, to be able to make the most of the intensive course and immerse yourself in the detailed exercises over the following days.

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

When

3 Mar 2020 @ 02:00 pm

6 Mar 2020 @ 01:00 pm

Duration: 2 days, 23 hours


Where

EIPA Maastricht

22 Onze Lieve Vrouweplein

6211 HE Maastricht

Netherlands


Organised by

EIPA

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