General Overview

European Decision-Making Unit

EIPA's European Decision-Making Unit helps public officials to understand the complex processes that shape decisions at a European level, and to learn how they can participate effectively in them.

The courses focus on the EU Institutions, legislative procedures and non-legislative approaches, as well as the role of European agencies and other actors at EU level. The training activities are supported by applied research. The Unit also aims to contribute to broader debate within the European policy community about the institutional structures for European integration and the evolution of European governance.

Core modules
The training activities on European Decision-Making revolve around a package of regular seminar series:

  • Understanding Decision-Making: a global approach, providing an update on the EU Institutions and explaining both legislative and non-legislative procedures.
  • Delegated and Implementing Acts: insight into the new arrangements for non-legislative acts which were introduced by the Lisbon Treaty.
  • European Negotiations: practical training modules on the specific negotiation techniques required to influence and participate in Council preparatory bodies.
  • The Presidency Challenge: training in ways to prepare for managing the Presidency and in the practicalities of chairing Council working groups.
  • EU Information Management: improving knowledge of EU information sources and communications strategies, and abilities to use them effectively.
  • Better Regulation: general seminars on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of policy interventions, as well as specific training courses on impact assessment.


Request tailor-made courses
On the bases of the core modules, the Unit develops tailor-made courses for clients. It also develops new areas of activity beyond these established fields and engages in research, both to ensure the quality of training and to contribute to scientific knowledge about EU decision-making processes.