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How to Ensure Compliance with EU Law Approximation Requirements

This course will provide practical experiences on how to plan, organise and ensure timely and correct implementation of EU law at the national level.

About this course

Based on a summary of what are the legal instruments adopted by the EU and what needs to be done when implementing EU legal acts at the national level, this course will provide practical experiences on how to plan, organise and ensure timely and correct implementation of EU law at the national level. It will also provide an overview of various policies and initiatives by the European Commission and EU Agencies aiming to support the Member States in their endeavours. This course is developed and delivered with the support of LuxDev and the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

What will you learn:

As regards the latter, the course will illustrate the link between the European Commission’s Better Regulation agenda with practical initiatives by the European Commission and EU Agencies such as support with implementation plans, guidance documents, toolboxes, training and exchanges of good practices in practice groups of national officials. Also, an example of operational support offered to Member States lacking resources to deal with extraordinary workloads will be shared.
Finally, we will share with you various tools being developed in various Member States in their implementation efforts in the future such as digital and AI tools aiding the translation of EU legal acts, planning the transposition of EU legal acts, drafting national legal acts and managing stakeholder consultations.

Course methodology/highlights:

A combination of presentations, practical examples, discussions and Q&A sessions will be applied.  The activity is designed to provide participants with core information and sources of information, where the participants can learn more.
We expect participants to be actively involved in the various sessions by asking questions to – as well as answering questions posed by – the EIPA experts as well as other participants, sharing own experiences, and participating in discussions.

This course is developed for officials from EU applicant and candidate countries, who are involved in EU law approximation either in line ministries, law approximation working groups or in authorities involved in the coordination of EU law approximation efforts.

As the course foresees active dialogue between the participants and with the EIPA experts, we expect participants to have an appropriate level of English to participate actively in the course.

Venue
European Centre for Judges and Lawyers – EIPA Luxembourg
8 rue Nicolas Adames
1114 Luxembourg

Programme Organiser
Ms Stéphanie Gemnig Comodi
Tel: +352 426 230 301
s.gemnig@eipa.eu

Fee
The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

Discounts
EIPA member fee
EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies

Early bird discount
The early bird discount is not cumulative with other discounts or promo codes, except for the EIPA member fee.

Meals
Dietary preferences can be indicated on the registration form.

Confirmation
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants. EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.).

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Project leader

Petra Jeney

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Programme

08.30 Arrival and registration of participants
09.00 Welcome and mutual introduction to the online seminar

  • Objectives (learning points and path)
  • Methodology and “House rules”
  • Participants’ expectations
  • How to access files

Peter Goldschmidt, Consultant, former Director of EIPA Luxembourg, Dr. Petra Jeney, Senior Lecturer, Director of EIPA Luxembourg and participants

09.45 Three dimensions of EU and national policy and law implementation

  • The political, legal and administrative dimensions
  • Multi-level governance and responsibility

Peter Goldschmidt

10.15 Break
10.30 Summary: What to do, when implementing the various types of EU legal acts

  • Treaty obligations regarding implementation (art 4 TEU)
  • The EU Acquis: Definitions, structure and level of transposition of the different types of EU legal acts
  • Deadlines for implementation of EU legal acts at the national level

If time allows, also questions related to the so-called “soft law” and “approximation versus harmonisation” will be considered.

This session will contain a small break half-way through.
Peter Goldschmidt

11.45 Reacting to comments and questions
12.00 Lunch break – Restaurant Porta Nova, 14 Avenue de la Faiencerie, 1510 Luxembourg
13.30 National priorities and strategies, implementing measures and administrative capacities
Before starting the actual drafting of the legislation, which will introduce the EU legal act into national law, the drafter must be clear on two points: On the one hand, what the EU legal act – and thus the national legal legislation – seeks to achieve (i.e. the objective). On the other hand, what the Member State/Candidate Country’s objective(s) as regards EU law approximation in general and with respect to the individual EU legal acts.As regards the latter, the officials involved in EU law approximation need to know what the Government’s law approximation strategy is.  A strategy is about identifying your preferences and options to achieve the objectives of, respectively, the EU legal act and the country, and then create a plan how to reach the objective(s).In the light hereof, this session discusses

  • The strategic choices of the national law maker
  • The national implementation measures, which need to introduce into national law, when transposing EU legal acts
  • Establishing the legal and organisational frameworks necessary to apply and enforce EU regulations and transposed EU legal acts

Peter Goldschmidt

14.15 Break
14.45 A practical case of law approximation: Hungary
Dr. Petra Jeney
15.30 Break
15.45 The European Commission’s Better Regulation Agenda

This session will provide an overview of the Commission’s Better Regulation Agenda (BRA), including

  • the objectives of the BRA
  • an overview of the main approaches of the BRA, such as improving public consultations, simplifying EU rules (the so-called REFIT programme), reducing and removing red tape, ensuring that new legislation contributes to the UN’s sustainable development goals while enhancing green, digital, social-economic and geopolitical interests, etc.
  • a brief introduction to the Better Regulation Guidelines and Toolbox
  • linking BRA with better implementation of EU law at the national level

Dr. Petra Jeney

16.30 Concluding questions and reflections and end of Day 1
08.30 Arrival and registration of participants
09.00 Welcome to Day 2 – Topics and methodologies
09.15 Practical exercise: Working with EU legal acts
Participants will work with some examples of the most important types of EU legal acts (regulations, directives, decisions, delegated acts), to identify obligations in terms of implementation measures, organisational and reporting requirements, time limits, etc. After discussions in break-out rooms, we will debrief and discuss participants’ questions and comments in plenary
Peter Goldschmidt
10.30 Break
10.45 Practical initiatives by the European Commission and EU Agencies in support of the Member States’ EU law implementation efforts

This session will introduce a number of initiatives launched by the EU Commission and agencies such as

  • implementation plans, guidance documents and toolboxes,
  • training and exchanges of good practices in practice groups of national officials, as well as
  • an example of operational support offered to Member States lacking resources to deal with extraordinary workloads.

Peter Goldschmidt

11.15 A whirlwind tour of other initiatives being explored by various current and future EU Member States
This session will revisit – and discuss – some of the new tools and procedures being introduced and/or tested by law-makers and/or universities, which were presented at the Legal Conference organized by the Slovene EU Presidency in November 2021.
Peter Goldschmidt
11.45 Break
12.00 Planning the national adoption of the EU acquis
Based on past experiences, this session will review lessons learned from previous EU accessions when planning – and implementing the plan for – the adoption of the EU acquis.
Dr. Petra Jeney, Senior Lecturer, Director of EIPA Luxembourg
12.45 Last questions, conclusions and evaluation
13.00 End of course

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How to Ensure Compliance with EU Law Approximation Requirements

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5 Dec 2022 - 6 Dec 2022
Luxembourg (LU)
English

Simultaneous interpretation can be offered. Contact the programme organizer for more information and conditions.

SKU: 2251301
Register before: 3 Dec 2022
 900 per attendee
 810 for EIPA members
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Discount policy

EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?

Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Early bird discount

For a limited number of training courses, EIPA offers an early bird discount.

For more information please contact us.

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SKU: 2251301
Register before: 3 Dec 2022

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