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


04 Jul 2017 to 07 Jul 2017


European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
O.L. Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE  Maastricht

Event Type

S - Workshop, course


Public Affairs

Event Location


Event Description

What is this course about?
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.

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.

How will it help you?
The course will help you master the core EU policy cycle. EIPA experts will explain how things work in the processes of agenda setting, policy formulation, decision-making, implementation and evaluation at EU level. You will go through a combination of presentations, practical exercises and simulations, as well as guided discussions with European affairs practitioners who will share their insights and experience. By the end of this course, you will have an in-depth understanding of:

  • the particular challenges posed in the different phases of EU policy-making;
  • how you can try to shape EU decisions most effectively at each stage;
  • current issues and trends in EU policy-making which will affect your work.


For more information, please contact Ms Nicolette Brouwers, Programme Organiser, EIPA (tel.: +31.43.3296245, e-mail: ) or visit our web site:

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Maastricht (NL), 4-7 July 2017



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