PROJECT NUMBER: 1613301
EU Presidency Challenges: The Eight Steps to Successfully Manage and Chair Groups during the Rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU
The seminar is intended for future working party chairpersons and their deputy Chairs, members of the Presidency teams, file and Ministry coordinators, capital- or Brussels-based experts and national delegates. Good prior knowledge of EU decision-making is required to take full advantage of the training
The rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU plays a central role in managing the three phases of decision-shaping, decision-making and decision-taking. The leadership and success of an EU Presidency rely heavily on its ability to ensure momentum and achieve results. The Presidency has to deliver results within complex formal and informal procedures, intricate dynamics and long-haul processes of negotiation, as well as elaborated cross-cultural and inter-personal communications. This seminar looks into the strategic, logistical, procedural and practical actions required to successfully manage specifically identified challenges; it offers eight steps to cope with them. The seminar also aims to contribute to an exchange of practices and to foster connections between consecutive Presidencies.
The seminar is highly interactive and consists of a combination of simulation exercises, workshops, situation rooms, case studies and presentations. It is organised around the practical aspects of preparing and chairing meetings, designing and implementing the agendas, leading the deliberations and negotiations, both within the Council and with the European Parliament. The seminar also discusses the relationship between the Presidency and the institutions, whilst providing a forum for debate on the preparation and management of the EU Presidency.
The objective of this seminar is to ensure that the Presidency teams are optimally aware of what is involved in leading EU deliberations negotiations from the inside. The eight challenges of the preparation and practical run up of any EU Presidency are addressed. After this module, participants will know how to:
- work with the procedures in accordance with the Council’s Rules of Procedure;
- manage formal and informal processes; network with the main players; map the stakeholders;
- cooperate efficiently with the representatives of theCouncil Secretariat and the European Commission;
- develop scenarios or a plan B for negotiations and appropriately prepare meetings;
- open a meeting and work out the subsequent sequence of events;
- apply technical and political tools for reaching compromises;
- use effective communication techniques and adapt them to cross-cultural differences;
- prepare for trilogues and negotiations with the European Parliament;
- read better the positions and interests of the European Parliament, as well as the attitudes and voting preferences of MEPs.
TUESDAY 14 JUNE 2016
Challenge no. 1: Defining the job profile of the Presidency
Challenge no. 2: Preparing and planning for the Presidency
Challenge no. 3: Managing the strategic preparation
Challenge no. 4: Managing informal processes and corridor diplomacy
Simulation exercise and debriefing session
End of first day
Dinner at a local restaurant
WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 2016
Challenge no. 5: Managing the meetings and negotiations
Role play of a Council Working Party meeting
Challenge no. 6: Understanding the institutional context of the relations between the Presidency and the European Parliament
End of second day
THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2016
Challenge no. 7: Managing negotiations with the European Parliament
Simulation of a trilogue negotiation
Challenge no. 8: Building your own self-confidence and success factors
Evaluation of programme
End of the seminar
This seminar is part of the Programme on European Negotiations (PEN); an initiative aiming to streamline and unite EIPA’s actions of learning, development, coaching and research on the negotiation processes involving national and European officials within the EU governance system. PEN has been assisting rotating Presidencies for over 20 years by building up the knowledge of public officials and politicians on the practice of EU policy processes and the skills necessary for the successful management of the EU Presidency. The PEN also provides training to Council General Secretariat officials on the best ways to support Presidencies in EU negotiations, as well as to European Commission officials on the processes of legislative negotiations involving the EU Presidency. Over the last two years, EIPA has prepared close to 1500 officials to manage the EU Presidency, with a unique combination of practical know-how and scientific excellence.
The programme will commence on Tuesday at 09.00 and will finish on Thursday at 15.30.
European Institute of Public Administration
O.L. Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE Maastricht
Tel.: +31 43 32 96 222
The seminar will be conducted in English.
EIPA members’ fee*: €1179
Regular fee: €1310
The participation fee includes documentation, three lunches, one dinner and refreshments. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration. Please tick the relevant box in the registration form when registering for a seminar or training course. Note that reductions cannot be accumulated. For more information, please click here.
* EIPA Members can take advantage of a reduced fee; this is available to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s member countries (i.e. AT, BE, BG, CY, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HU, IE, IT, LT, LU, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, SE, UK), and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.
The European Institute of Public Administration has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. All hotels are within 10 minutes walking distance from EIPA. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel on checking out. At the time of booking, please mention in the requested field the EIPA project number 1613301.
• Hotel Derlon
• Designhotel Maastricht – Hampshire Eden
• Bastion Hotel
Lunches and the dinner will be served at a restaurant in town. Should you require a special menu (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic), please inform the Programme Organiser so that this can be arranged.
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