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Upcoming trainings

Upcoming trainings

Interested in taking your team further, then keep an eye on this site. Over the coming weeks and months the following seminars will be scheduled.

Mastering the Council and the Commission

Sooner or later you will find yourself having to deal professionally with the other institutions of the EU. This course ensures you have the best vantage point to do so. Going through the strengths, weaknesses and peculiarities of the European Commission and Council, this course equips you to master the inter-institutional relations.

Commission Directorate Generals (DGs)

The European Commission is divided into Directorate Generals, Services, Agencies and Authorities.

Navigating through them is not always simple, neither deciphering their hierarchies. This seminar clearly explains the relations and interactions between DGs, and how to interpret and act in the situations in which several Commission entities seem to overlap.

European External Action Service (EEAS)

How best to deal with the EEAS and what to make of its declarations and statements is not always straightforward. That is why the EEAS & Declarations seminar will provide in-depth knowledge of the different types and levels of declarations and statements. Furthermore, it will explain how the EEAS works in Brussels, how decisions are taken and how they are communicated.

Mastering the European Parliament

Working in more than 20 different languages and bringing together 28 different political cultures and traditions, there are plenty of challenges. Add to this the complex procedures and the 200+ different political parties represented, and it becomes clear why dealing with Parliament can be such a daunting task. From agricultural to digital policy, all European legislation must pass Parliament, so there is no way around it. This seminar takes you through the most crucial procedures, alliances and politics of the European Parliament.

European Parliament and Trade

All trade agreements must be approved by the European Parliament before they can be adopted by the EU. That is why mastering the European Parliament’s role in EU Trade Policy is a must. The role of Parliament in trade-related policy however, does not stop here. From food safety standards to labour rights, data privacy to environmental standards, the European Parliament has a large influence on trade-related issues. This seminar will highlight the special procedures and roles of the International Trade Committee and showcase examples from recent cases of EU trade policy.

European Parliament and Foreign Policy

Members of the European Parliament frequently comment and pass reports and resolutions on foreign policy issues. Using real cases from recent Parliament history, this seminar explores the formal and informal ways in which the European Parliament influences the EU’s policies on foreign affairs and the role MEPs play in it.

Questions, Resolutions and Plenaries

Every time the European Parliament meets in Strasbourg, it passes and debates resolutions on various issues. This seminar explains the politics and procedures of parliamentary resolutions and debates. If you want your team to know how MEPs and their staff prepares and debates resolutions, this is the seminar for you. The seminar also explores one of the classical tools of MEPs, their ability to ask parliamentary questions to the European Commission and the European Council. Questions range from EU-policies and food standards to Labour rights and Free Trade Agreements, and always require an official reply from the other institutions. Learn the rules, significance and symbolic value of the parliamentary questions, and what they mean for your work.

Brussels Media Landscape

An expert introduction provides key insights into how the ever-changing Brussels Media landscape functions and how to reach important influencers within it. With Brussels being home to the highest number of foreign accredited journalists in the world, what is reported here spreads globally and rapidly. From the role of different think tanks to the use of Twitter, this seminar explains the layout of the Brussels media landscape and what this means for the you.

Communicating with Europe and in Europe

This seminar tackles two of the important communications questions facing many Brussels:
How to effectively communicate with Europe and how best to communicate in Europe. From strategy and style of messaging, this seminar covers the essentials needed for any communications strategy relating to the European Union and its institutions.

Engaging with the European Institutions

The seminar on optimising engagement with the different European institutions, including advice on how to adapt and design different strategies and messages for each institution. The seminar includes several real-life examples of both successful and unsuccessful lobbying efforts in Brussels.