EIPA Maastricht

At the headquarters' offices, located in Maastricht, the Netherlands, EIPA has three Units dealing respectively with:

European Decision-Making

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.

European Public Management

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.

European Policies

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.