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A Practical Guide to EU Law Approximation and Impact Assessment


23 Sep 2019 to 24 Sep 2019


European Centre for Judges and Lawyers – EIPA Luxembourg
Chambre des Métiers Building, Circuit de la Foire Internationale, 2
1347  Luxembourg


Justice & Home Affairs

Event Location


Event Description

“Do all EU legal acts need to be transposed into national law? How do I do it?”
“How to avoid overlap or conflict with other national legislation, while implementing EU laws?
“What is ‘gold plating’, in the context of EU law approximation, and how can I avoid it?”
Knowledge and competencies in aspects like these are critical to ensure that you implement an EU directive or regulation at the national level in a correct, timely, effective, and cost-efficient way.
This 2-day course is a comprehensive guide covering all steps of the EU law approximation process, from the adoption of the EU legislative act, to its implementation and notification, and finally, to the possible consequences of late, wrong or non-implementation.
What you will learn in this course:
  • How to identify the elements of a piece of EU legislation that you have to implement
  • How to ensure compliance with EU Treaty obligations while meeting national, constitutional, and administrative requirements, as well as balancing both domestic and supra-national political interests
  • The consequences of incomplete, wrong, late or non-implementation of EU law
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
  • Efficiently implement the EU directives by establishing and managing a process of consultation and coordination with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders
  • Convert contradictory political, legal and budgetary interests into practical and operational solutions
  • Reduce the risks of getting involved in time-consuming infringement probes
Whom is this course for:
This course is best suited for officials involved in the processes of making or implementing EU laws. This could include:
  • Civil servants, experts and public employees from central administration bodies
  • Managers in national or regional public authorities, who have recently been made responsible for implementation of EU laws
  • Representatives of trade associations and interest groups
  • Lawyers working with EU law-making processes
Course methodology/ highlights:
This two-day workshop is very practice-oriented and uses a mix of short presentations, case studies, group work, simulations, and discussions. 
Two weeks prior to the workshop, we will send you a questionnaire inviting you to indicate the extent of your association with law approximation. You will also have the possibility to mention specific questions about the approximation process that you would like the course to address.
What others say:
“Very well done! This was my first seminar since I’ve started working with the government.  I never imagined that it would be such a fantastic experience. Huge well done to Peter and Tore for leading the seminar, (and) lecturers Tomasz (and) Sabrina (…) and Juliette for taking care of us.”