ESPA 2017 - 4 EIPA

Preparing Member States for the Presidency of the Council of the EU

EIPA has been assisting rotating presidencies for over 20 years by building up the knowledge of public officials and politicians on the practice of EU policy processes and the skills necessary for the successful management of the Presidency. We provide both comprehensive “á la carte” training (targeting essential competences) and  tailor- made large-scale training programmes with a variety of modules, so that every official involved in the rotating presidency benefits directly and individually from a distinct and recognised active learning method.

At present, we are the lead contractor for preparing the Bulgarian public administration for the 2018 BG Presidency. The project includes training of 1700 future chairs and deputy chairs, coordinators and experts.

Since 2010, we provided Presidency trainings for the following EU Member States:

Year of rotating Presidency EU member state Beneficiary institution
2017 Estonia Diplomatic Academy
2017 Malta Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change
2016 Slovakia

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Diplomatic Academy)

Ministry of Finance

2015 Luxembourg National Institute of Public Administration
2015 Latvia

Secretariat of the Presidency: Inter-ministerial programme

Latvian Permanent Representation

2014 Greece Diplomatic Academy
2013 Ireland Central Bank of Ireland
2012 Cyprus Office of the Presidency
2012 Dennmark

Permanent Representation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry

2011 Poland

Office of the Committee for European Integration (UKIE):

Inter-ministerial programmeMinistry of Foreign Affairs

2011 Hungary Foreign Affairs Ministry: Inter-ministerial programme
2010 Belgium

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Federal level

Region of Flanders: inter-ministerial

Brussels Region

Training the Latvian Public Administration

Between 2013 and 2014, we implemented a large-scale training programme to prepare the Lavian adminstration for the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Over the whole project time, EIPA delivered 6760 participant days and 157 activities during four modules:

  • The Institutional Framework and Legislative System of the EU
  • The Decision-Making Process of the EU
  • The Management of Meetings, Negotiation and Public Speech
  • The Development of the Documents of the EU

The training delivered by our staff received outstanding evaluations. Our programme recorded a very high success rate, which was rarely ever been reached in public administration training in the country. The Latvian School of Public Administration undertook a thorough research on the benefits of the programme, by gathering and then analysing the initial expectations and needs of the participants, as well as their level of satisfaction after the training. In this case too, the results reported seem to be extraordinarily high for this type of training.

With requests from the Latvian side for a greater amount of training than originally planned, the total number of participants, the training days and the scope of beneficiaries in the Latvian administration did in fact increase over the year. As evidence of this success, the very last training was organised just before Christmas for the Latvian delegation to the WTO in Geneva – a timing and target group which had not been envisaged at the outset. Several other departments of the Latvian administration also requested more training and team-building actions than the learning and development initially offered in the ‘Centralised substantive training’ – the official denomination of the programme.