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Understanding the European Union & How to Interact With It

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An overview of the EU’s key institutions, the scope of its activities, how EU legislation is made and how to interact effectively with the EU

An overview of the EU's key institutions, the scope of its activities, how EU legislation is made and how to interact effectively with the EU

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the structure of the EU and its key Institutions
  • Understand the differing roles and responsibilities of the European Commission, the Council of Ministers and the Parliament
  • Understand the scope of the Commission`s work and its budget
  • Understand the work of ECOSOC, COREPER, UKREP and the Committee of the Regions
  • Learn about the legislative process in the EU and how the Institutions take decisions, make regulations and issue directives
  • Learn the key elements required for successfully negotiating with the EU
  • Understand which people are most important to speak to, and how to gain access and communicate with them
  • Learn how to communicate effectively with the key players in the EU Parliament, EU Commission & the Council of Ministers


Trainer’s Introduction
Overview of the Structure of the European Union post Lisbon Treaty
The Key Institutions & how to interact with them
  • The European Commission – The Executive and “Guardian of the Treaties”
  • The Council Of Ministers – The Principal Decision Making Body
  • the European Parliament – Directly Elected Body
  • Other Institutions – COREPER and UKREP
  • Which EU institutions wield the most power and influence
The European Union Legislative Process
  • The roles of key institutions in Co-operation and Co-decision procedures.
  • The three pillars and how decision making varies between policy areas
  • Implementation of EU Legislation in the UK
Jon Worth, EU Training Consultant (confirmed)
Afternoon Tea
Multilateral negotiation workshop
  • National positions
  • Identifying key partners
  • Top tips to approach a Brussels negotiation
  • Your role in shaping the outcome
Final Questions and Close

Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice


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