PROJECT NUMBER: 1612402

Managing the EU Policy Cycle: A Comprehensive 4-Day Course on EU Decision-Making in Practice

5-8/Jul/2016  •  Maastricht

Introduction
Project Leader
Dr Sabina Lange
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Target group
Regional, national and EU officials, as well as interested stakeholders. This 4-day course on decision-making was developed with the needs of civil servants in mind. However, it is equally suitable for other professional groups dealing with EU public affairs.

Description
Participants are given a comprehensive overview of European decision-making, following the legislative policy cycle, from initiation through decision-making, to implementation. The first stage examines how the Commission elaborates a proposal, with particular attention on impact assessment. This is followed by a review of internal procedures in the Council and Parliament, as well as interinstitutional negotiations. Participants will learn to manage negotiations in a complex environment and will see the impact of bargaining and compromise-building on the policy process. To round off, the seminar will look at the policy implementation stage at the EU level. It will examine how the Commission may be empowered by the EU legislator to adopt measures at EU level, whether of a ‘quasi-legislative’ nature (delegated acts) or of a more technical nature where uniformity is required (implementing acts). The final session looks back at the entire policy cycle, providing a comprehensive overview with regard to information and documentation management at the EU level, and from among myriad sources of information and registers of primary documents on EU policy- and decision-making.

Learning methodology
The course is based on presentations, case studies, exercises, simulation exercises and guided discussions. It covers the entire policy cycle in one comprehensive course, not only encompassing but also offering participants more in-depth knowledge about EU procedures with an insight into the kinds of the different stages (policy initiation, legislative decision-making, delegated and implementing acts), skills and challenges involved in European negotiations.

Objectives
This comprehensive course gives participants a thorough understanding of how EU laws are made, making use of a combination of structured discussions, simulations, and cases. By the end of the seminar, participants will be better equipped to manage a European dossier through all the relevant stages of the EU policy process, from inception to implementation.