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Understanding EU Decision-Making: Principles, Procedures, Practice, Maastricht

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date March 22, 2012 - March 23, 2012
city Maastricht
location European Institute of Public Administration O.L. Vrouweplein 22 NL-6211 HE Show location
organisation European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

Target group

Public officials preparing to assume EU responsibilities, EU affairs professionals, people needing quickly to acquire a comprehensive familiarity with how EU decisions are taken.


This is a self-standing “immersion” seminar. It is also a suitable basis for participation in the specialised seminars offered by EIPA on particular aspects of EU decision-making.

The seminar first provides a framework for understanding EU decision-making. It briefly explains the treaty structure and the different kinds of competences which have been given to the EU. The different phases in the policy cycle are then addressed in detail, highlighting the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty.

Learning Methodology

The elaboration of a Commission proposal is presented, with emphasis on public consultation and impact assessment. To understand legislative decision-making, participants simulate a Council Working Party, and discuss cases of interaction between Parliament and Council. Finally, the implementation phase is presented, with a review of the new system of “delegated acts” and “implementing acts”, and the role of EU Agencies.


Participants will understand the principles and structures of the EU system and the basic competences and functioning of the EU institutions; they will be familiar with the different stages in the legislative cycle; and they will have an insight into how decisions are reached in practice.

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European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

Het Europees instituut voor bestuurskunde (beter bekend als The European Institute of Public Administration - ofwel EIPA) streeft ernaar om de kennis van ambtenaren die zich met de EU bezighouden te vergroten door het ontwikkelen en organiseren van trainingen. Het instituut wil wetenschappelijke kennis en praktische 'know–how' met elkaar verbinden. EIPA bestaat al meer dan 35 jaar.

Het hoofdkantoor van EIPA is gevestigd in Maastricht en heeft dependances in Luxemburg en Barcelona. Gemiddeld nemen 14.000 nationale en Europese ambtenaren per jaar deel aan de trainingen. Daarnaast biedt EIPA ook consultancy, onderzoek en op maat gemaakte programma’s/trainingen aan. Bij EIPA werken circa 120 hoogopgeleide medewerkers.


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