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The Key to EU Instituitions and Decision-making

Course description and objectives

Day 1: Oct 19, 2016

The importance of European Union politics is rapidly increasing and so does its complexity. Against this background this course first sheds light on the three main institutions involved in EU policy-making: the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament. A special focus is also on the Court of Justice of the European Union as a guardian of the application of EU law. Thereafter we examine how these institutions interact in decision-making within the Ordinary Legislative Procedure. The day closes with a debate within smaller (working) groups.

This course is aimed at “new-comers" to the “Brussels machinery”: for example policy-makers who have worked at the national level or those that are starting a career within the EU institutions. On the other hand this is also a “refresher” course for those who have been out of the Brussels labyrinth for a while.

This Seminar will be given by practioners of PACT Consultants and academics of Maastricht University.


9:30 Introduction to the Seminar and the Participants

9:45 The EU Institutional Framework an Overview

10:00 The “Motor of EU Integration”? The Commission

10:45 Coffee break

11:00 “Between Intergovernmentalism and Consensual Politics”? The Council and the European Council

11:45 From “Talking Shop” to Effective Legislator? The European Parliament

12:30 The “Guardian” of the Treaties? The Court of Justice of the European Union

13:15 Lunch

14:15 A “Magic Triangle”? : The Ordinary Legislative Procedure and the importance of trialogues

15:00 Outlook: A glance at implementing and delegated acts

15:30 Introduction to the debate and coffee-break

16:00 Debate on the EU institutions and EU decision-making (in small groups)

16:45 Reporting back to plenary and final discussion

17:30 End of first Seminar

18:00 Network Drink

Price: €450.00

*Discounts for Master Students 50%, UM Alumni & Trainees 20%

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Day 1:

The Key to EU Instituitions and Decision-making

The Key to Lobbying in secondary legislation

Course description and objectives

Day 2: Oct 20, 2016

Over the last couple of years EU decision-making processes have changed quite radically. As an EU public affairs practitioner, you need to keep up to date with latest trends and developments in order to perform your day-to-day activities adequately and to keep you margins for influence. This seminar will provide you with the insights and required tools to live up to this challenge.

Maastricht University and PACT European Affairs have developed a training session which digs into lobbying strategies, vehicles, monitoring, networking and communication. Well-versed and experienced EU practitioners will bring their expertise and thoughts to the floor and will answer your operational questions.


9:00 EU architecture and decision-making in 2015: a short reminder

9:45 European Parliament perspective: an insider’s view

10:30 Coffee break

10:45 The margins of influence for stakeholders: how to lobbying efficiently in the context of an evolving EU decision-making process

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Information-gathering – setting –up an adequate monitoring system

13:30 Organising your EU public affairs: a business dashboard

14:00 Lobbying & communication strategies and techniques in detail

15:00 Case study

16:00 Network Drink

Price: €450.00

*Discounts for Master Students 50%, UM Alumni & Trainees 20%

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Day 2:

The Key to Lobbying in secondary legislation

The Key to Comitology and Delegated Acts

Course description and objectives

Day 3: Oct 21, 2016

Initially deemed to be merely cosmetic, the Lisbon treaty has actually created a profound and quite radical change to comitology. The new system of delegated and implementing acts has been in force for a good 5 years and still the system is not stable and is still developing.

This session will not only provide a brief reminder on the key features of the new system but will in particular focus on what the new set-up means in terms of public affairs and lobbying. The margins of maneuvering have certainly not grown. They, however still exist but require specific techniques and strategies both downstream and upstream when legislation is being discussed. How to monitor or get information timely, what type of network is required, what about strategies and communication? This session will provide practical insights, methodological reflections via examples and cases.


The Key to Implementing and Delegated acts

9:30-11:00 Delegated and implementing acts: getting a clear understanding of the procedures and processes

11.15-12.15 Delegated and implementing acts: an institutional evaluation

12.15-13.00 How to integrate delegated and implementing acts in a public affairs strategy

13.45 Lunch

13.45-16.45 Workshop delegated & implementing acts

Price: €450.00

*Discounts for Master Students 50%, UM Alumni & Trainees 20%

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Day 3:

The Key to Comitology and Delegated Acts

Organising team

Maastricht University

PACT European Affairs

Web site by:

Sakri Rosenström