Implementing EU Law into National Law – Module 2

15/11/2017 - 16/11/2017
Location: Luxembourg (LU)
Project number: 17512012

Implementing EU Law into National Law – Module 2

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 2: Impact Assessment and Measuring Results
Module 2 concentrates on regulatory Impact Assessment(IA) and evaluation of nationally implemented EU legislation. In particular, this module provides a practical overview of the objective and components of IA, the European Commission’s expectations of the Member States, how IA is carried out, as well as what and how to measure outcomes of approximated legislation.
09.00 Arrival and registration
09.15 Welcome and introduction to Module 2: The concepts of ex ante “Impact Assessment” and ex post evaluation of approximated legislation
• Presentation of the programme and EIPA Team
• Presentation of the participants’ expectations
• Definition and overview of what is meant by “Impact Assessment”, including RIA, evaluation and how to measure outcome
Theo Jans, Associate Professor EIPA Maastricht, Peter Goldschmidt, Dr Tore Chr. Malterud and participants
09.45 Impact assessments in context: Smart regulation and its key components
A brief presentation of the European Smart Regulation strategy and the role of Impact Assessments (IA) in the efforts to improve the quality of the regulatory environment. The session sets out how initiatives on improved session sets out how initiatives on improved SMEs, legal simplification and ex post evaluation are related to the IA process.
Method: presentation and Q&A session
Theo Jans
10.45 Coffee break
11.00 The key analytical steps for Regulatory Impact Assessments
Presentation of the key features of Impact Assessments and a thorough discussion of the key analytical steps in Impact Assessments: problem definition, objectives, policy options, impact analysis, selection and ranking, monitoring and evaluation.
Method: presentation and Q&A session
Theo Jans
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Introduction to the exercises and case studies
The exercises are tailored on three different EC Impact Assessments: one primarily contains qualitative analysis; another provides elaborate quantitative analysis and monetisation; the third Impact Assessment offers a mix of approaches. The cases are presented by the lecturers and the participants are asked to study a number of documents in preparation for the exercises.
Method: presentation
Theo Jans
14.00 Group exercise 1: Analytical steps of an EC IA – problem definition, objectives, policy options
The participants are divided into separate groups and, based upon a number of documents and data, they are asked to develop the first steps in an IA. They will need to describe a problem definition, objectives, and at least three policy options. While conducting the group work, the participants will be guided and assisted by the lecturer who will monitor their progress.
Method: group work
Theo Jans
15.30 Coffee break
15.45 Debriefing group exercise 1: Presentation and discussion of problem definition, objectives and policy options
The “rapporteur” of each group presents their group’s work and the first steps of the Impact Assessments. The different results are discussed and commented on by the participants and by the lecturer. Following the discussion of the different group contributions, the relevant aspects of the actual IAs as drafted by the EC will be presented by the lecturer.
Method: group work and Q&A
Theo Jans
16.45 End of day one, Module 2
19.00 Group dinner in Luxembourg
09.00 The EU experience with RIAs: the organisational and procedural features of the European Commission (EC) Impact Assessment system
The procedures, documents, actors, deadlines and quality control involved in EC Impact Assessments are discussed. The presentation concentrates on a number of practical features of the process (e.g. inter-service steering groups, Impact Assessment board, translation, types of IA documents, etc.), which should help national officials to identify and understand the key features of an IA.
Method: presentation and Q&A session
Theo Jans
10.00 Assessing administrative costs in impact assessments
Presentation of the role of administrative cost measurements in IAs and in existing regulatory interventions. Explanation of the steps and calculations required to determine the administrative costs derived from legal information obligations. The Standard Cost method is introduced with a succinct analysis of the tool’s strengths and weaknesses.
Method: presentation and Q&A session
Theo Jans
10.30 Coffee break
10.45 Group exercise 2: Determining administrative costs in policy options
A discussion of compliance and administrative costs in EC legislative proposals and implementing measures. The Standard Cost Model is introduced with a succinct analysis of the tool’s strengths and weaknesses. The participants receive a piece of legislation and are asked to calculate the administrative costs involved. Following their calculations they are asked to develop an administrative burden reduction proposal. The group work is followed with a plenary debriefing during which the real calculations and reductions are unveiled.
Method: presentation and group exercises
Theo Jans
12.00 Snack lunch
12.45 Measuring outcome: methods, obstacles and tools
Method: presentation and discussion
Dr Tore Chr. Malterud
13.45 Coffee break
14.00 Workshop III: Evaluation
The participants will be divided into groups and asked to identify what and how to measure the outcome of the application at the national level of an EU regulation. Method: group work and discussion of the results in plenary
Dr Tore Chr. Malterud
15.30 Conclusions and evaluation
End of Module 2

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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