Implementing EU Law into National Law – Module 1

13/11/2017 - 14/11/2017
Location: Luxembourg (LU)
Project number: 17512011

Implementing EU Law into National Law – Module 1

From:  830,00

This workshop provides a practice-oriented overview on how to implement EU policies and law within Member States. It will cover all the associated political, legal, and managerial issues, and will use a lively combination of presentations, case studies, group work and experience exchange.

This workshop provides a practice-oriented overview on how to implement EU policies and law within Member States. It will cover all the associated political, legal, and managerial issues, and will use a lively combination of presentations, case studies, group work and experience exchange. To ensure that the training is tailor-made to your needs, the programme is divided into separate two-day modules, each of which can be attended separately, or attended consecutively.

First module

  • Implementation obligations
  • Law approximation process
  • Strategies for and national coordination of the law approximation efforts
  • Notification to the Commission
  • Consequences of non-, incomplete or late implementation.

Second module
Introduces the European Smart Regulation Strategy, and is dedicated to pre-implementation impact assessment and evaluation of implemented legislation.

What you gain
In addition to providing a better understanding of national needs and the Commission’s needs with respect to the implementation of EU legislation, the seminar provides you with:

  • Methodologies and practical tools necessary to ensure EU membership compliance
  • Guidance on how to balance domestic and supra-national political interests and constitutional and legal requirements
  • An introduction to the ‘European Smart Regulation’ and how Impact Assessment supports better regulation, including tools and methodologies to identify and measure the impact of transposing EU legislation to the national level.

Who will most benefit?
Mid-level managers, officials and experts from ministries, central and regional agencies and authorities responsible for or involved in drafting, coordinating and/or implementing European Union legislation at the national level.

Module 1: Managing National Implementation Obligations and Processes
Module 1 focuses on implementation obligations and the enforcement hereof as well as law approximation strategies and processes, including the identification of different legal instruments and what needs to be implemented, consultation and coordination, combining EU and national interests, planning and allocation of responsibilities and notification of national execution measures.
09.00 Arrival and registration
09.15 Welcome and mutual introduction to the seminar and participants’ expectations
Peter Goldschmidt, Director EIPA Luxembourg
Dr Tore Chr. Malterud and participants
09.45 The three dimensions of EU policy and law implementation
Dr Tore Chr. Malterud
10.00 Linking EU and national legislation (Part 1)
Treaty obligations regarding implementation, self-imposed legal obligations (acquis) and definitions and structure of EU legal acts will be reviewed and discussed. Also the question of approximation versus harmonisation will be considered.
Method: presentation and discussion
Peter Goldschmidt
10.45 Coffee break
11.00 Linking EU and national legislation (Part 2)
Method: presentation and discussion
Peter Goldschmidt
11.30 Workshop I: Identifying legal acts after Lisbon
Working in groups, the participants will be asked to analyse legal acts (regulations, directives, decisions and delegated acts) and identify obligations in terms of implementation measures, organisational and reporting requirements, time limits, etc.
Method: group work and discussion of the results in plenary
Tomasz Kramer, Lecturer EIPA Luxembourg and participants
13.00 Lunch
14.00 EU law implementation strategies
A strategy is about identifying your preferences, establishing a goal and then create a plan how to reach the goal. It is also about understanding or making assumptions about your partners’ and counterparts’ interests and goals, and how to consider them in your own strategy. This session will focus on national strategies related to the implementation of new EU law.
Method: presentation and Q&A
Dr Tore Chr. Malterud
14.45 Implementation process management
How to efficiently organise and work in an ”implementation project”? We will review consultation procedures, relations between ministries and agencies, the role of process planning and the ever important question: Who takes the lead? Who takes the lead?
Method: presentation and Q&A
Dr Tore Chr. Malterud
15.30 Coffee break
16.00 Workshop II: National processes of implementation and stakeholders
Who does what and when? Involvement of national governments, NGOs and local and regional governments in dealing with the EU. Participants will be asked to identify national tasks, stakeholders, sources of information and elements to consider when planning the implementation process.
Method: presentation, group discussion and debriefing in plenary
Dr Tore Chr. Malterud and participants
17.30 Networking reception
09.00 Implementing measures and administrative capacities
Building upon the previous day’s sessions, this session reviews the national implementation measures, which Member States need to introduce into national law, when transposing directives and establishing the legal and organisational frameworks to apply and enforce regulations.
Method: questions and short presentations
Peter Goldschmidt
09.45 Delegation and coordination at the national level
This session pays particular attention to the importance of national coordination when deciding upon delegation and adopting implementation measures as well as the reasons why, including the links between the implementers and those, who negotiated the EU legislation to be implemented.
Method: presentation and discussion
Peter Goldschmidt
10.30 Coffee break
10.45 Exchange of experiences (1): National coordination of law approximation – the Belgian case
Method: presentation and discussion
Sabrina Van De Velde, Attachée, Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs (FPS), Directorate General for Legal Affairs (DGJ), Brussels (BE) (tbc)
11.15 Exchange of experiences (2): The Belgian EU Law Approximation Strategy
Sabrina Van De Velde (tbc)
11.45 Formalities not to be forgotten: notification instruments
Upon completing the national law approximation process, Member States must notify the Commission and/or the Council Secretariat of the result. Although attempts are being made to streamline these notifications, various notification instruments are still being used by different MS. While examples hereof will be given, special attention will be paid to the Commission’s web-based notification system – NEM. In addition, Correlation Tables and Tables of Concordance and their uses as planning instruments will be reviewed.
Method: presentation, Q&A session
Sabrina Van De Velde (tbc) and Peter Goldschmidt
12.30 Standing lunch
13.30 Simulation: Planning the law approximation process
The participants are divided into groups and given different tasks, which normally need to be considered when preparing a plan to implement an EU legal act. They are also asked to identify problems and come up with solutions.
Dr Tore Chr. Malterud and participants
15.15 Coffee break
15.30 Debriefing of the groups
Participants, Dr Tore Chr. Malterud, Peter Goldschmidt and Sabrina Van De Velde (tbc)
16.15 Consequences of not meeting the implementation obligations
What reactions can be expected? This session provides a practical overview of the impact of the direct effect of EU law, the principle of state liability and the infringement procedure after Lisbon.
Method: presentation and Q&A session
Tomasz Kramer
17.15 Evaluation
End of module 1

Course venue
European Centre for Judges and Lawyers – EIPA Luxembourg
Circuit de la Fiore Internationle 2
1347 Luxembourg

The fee includes documentation, lunches, one reception and/or dinner and refreshments. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

EIPA offers a 10% 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, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

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

Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

Hotel reservations
EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. All rates are including breakfast and tourist tax. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. At the time of booking, please mention in the requested field the reservation code: EIPA, unless indicated otherwise.

Kirchberg area

City centre

Railway Station area


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

Prior payment is a condition for participation. Please indicate the method of payment on the registration form.

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.). The mention of a speaker’s name in the programme does not commit EIPA. In the event that an announced speaker does not appear, EIPA will do its utmost to find a suitable replacement.


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