One of EIPA's core activity areas concerns European decision-making. The Institute aims to help public officials to both understand how European decisions are reached and how to participate effectively in EU policy-making processes. Regular courses are offered on decision-making procedures, impact assessment, European negotiations, committees and comitology, the Council Presidency, and European information. The activities focus mainly on the EU Institutions and the generation of EU law, but also address non-legislative approaches, as well as the role of European agencies and other actors.
These activities are supported by applied research work including, since 2005, coordination of the Work Package on EU Institutions and Political Actors in the EU-CONSENT Network, supported by the Commission's 6th Framework Programme.
EIPA's activities in the field of European Public Management deal with the question of how European integration and changes are influencing public administration in the Member States. Topics on which the Institute offers training, studies and consultancy services include change management, quality management, human resource management, use of new technology, relations with the private sector, communications, coordination and implementation tools. An ongoing development is the training in e-Government.
Within this competence, EIPA focuses on examining the European integration process from the national governments' point of view. Extensive comparative research conducted by EIPA for the Presidency of the EU through EUPAN (European Public Administration Network) is a good source of information.
In the field of European Policies, EIPA deals with all EU issues related to the internal market, including public procurement, mutual recognition and the four freedoms, as well as the main EU policies in the fields of agriculture, competition, trade, regional policy, monetary policy and the environment. The activities have recently been expanded to areas such as migration and climate change.
EIPA's activities in the field of EU law are targeted towards judges, EU and national officials and private sector lawyers. The aim of the activities is twofold: firstly, to provide a better understanding of the nature, content and interpretation of EU law, in order to apply and enforce the rules in their national administrations and legal systems; secondly, to improve the quality and management of justice, for example by introducing Total Quality Management into judicial bodies as well as providing training in interpersonal skills that are of relevance to members of the legal professions.
The majority of these activities are organised by EIPA's Antenna in Luxembourg - the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers - which also organises programmes leading to a Master degree in European Legal Studies as well as a Master degree in European Integration and Regionalisation.
Through its Antenna in Barcelona - the European Centre for the Regions - EIPA offers training on regional affairs with the objective to support regional and local authorities in dealing with the European integration process. The Antenna organises seminars, carries out comparative analysis between administrations, stimulates cooperation between them and disseminates best practices. In addition, it carries out training programmes for the public administrations of the Mediterranean Partners in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. Currently, EIPA's Antenna Barcelona runs three EuroMed Programmes: EuroMed Market Programme (completed), EuroMed Training of Public Administrations Programme and EuroMed Justice II Project.