Our mission

EIPA was created in 1981 on the occasion of the first European Council held in Maastricht.

Our core mission is to provide a mix of deep insights and practical knowledge about EU policies, to all professionals related to EU public affairs, with the key objective of further improving their skills and capabilities for efficient management of the policies.

We are supported by the EU Member States and the European Commission. We serve officials in national and regional public administrations in Member States, in the European Commission itself, and in other EU institutions. As such, we have developed a vast and strong network across the Member States and various EU institutions, bodies, and agencies.

It is the combination of this network and the experience of our experts that enables us to provide cross-national and cross-institutional comparative, analytical perspectives on EU policies, which, along with our problem-solving approach, makes us one of the longest-standing experts in EU public affairs.

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Our methodology

We believe in a practical approach which will help you apply what you learn in your daily work. So during our courses, you will work in small groups, with interactive workshops, case studies, and simulation games, to help you imbibe the knowledge at a very practical level.

But that’s only half of it. Learning needs to have a good blend of different perspectives, so in our courses we place a lot of emphasis on exchange, both within and outside the course module. You will get lots of opportunities to learn best practices from participants from a wide variety of countries and sectors, and also have informal discussions over coffee and other activities, to hear their thoughts and views on various subjects.

By the end of a course, you would have not just gathered knowledge, but also built up a strong Europe-level network of your own.


Our training centres

Our headquarters is located in Maastricht (NL) and we have two other training centres in Luxembourg (LU) and Barcelona (ES). However our experts also share their knowledge at different locations or can do so even at your own premises. Do you have a tailor-made request?

Our location at Maastricht

EIPA Headquarters Maastricht

EIPA's location at Luxembourg

EIPA Luxembourg

EIPA's location at Barcelona

EIPA Barcelona

Our Board of Governors

Our Board of Governors is composed of representatives of the EU Member States and associated members. These representatives form a permanent link between EIPA and national public administrations, and also guarantee a strong institutional network at the highest level of public administration throughout Europe.


Mr Guy Verhofstadt, Chairman


Mrs Liesbeth Spies, Vice-Chairman

Our management


Prof. Dr Marga Pröhl, Director-General


Mr Wim van Helden, Deputy Director-General and Director of Finance and Organisation


Dr Edward Best, Head of Unit I (EU Governance)


Ms Cristiana Turchetti, Head of Unit II (Public Management) and Antenna Barcelona


Mr Peter Goldschmidt, Director of Antenna Luxembourg

Annual Report

Our accreditation

All our training courses can be credited by….

nen-en-iso 9001:2008 EIPA

ISO 9001: 2015

EIPA has been audited by Dekra and was found to comply with the ISO 9001:2015 standard.


Cedeo certified

Following the strict customer satisfaction review by Cedeo, the Dutch independent certification authority for providers of training courses, EIPA has received the Cedeo certificate.


CE Units

EIPA has been approved by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants (NBA) to award CE units (PE punten) for relevant training courses.