EU Presidency Challenges: Making Things Work in Your Turn in the Chair

12/06/2018 - 14/06/2018
Location: Maastricht (NL)
Project number: 1813301

EU Presidency Challenges: Making Things Work in Your Turn in the Chair

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The success of a Council Presidency relies heavily on its ability to ensure momentum and achieve results. The Presidency has to deliver results within complex formal and informal procedures of negotiation, as well as of elaborate cross-cultural and interpersonal communication. This seminar covers the strategic, logistical, procedural, and practical aspects of these challenges and the action steps required to successfully manage them.

It also aims to contribute to an exchange of practices and to foster connections between different Presidencies. The seminar is highly interactive and consists of a combination of simulation exercises, workshops, case studies and presentations.

How will it help you?
It is organised around the practical aspects of preparing agendas, chairing meetings and leading deliberations and negotiations, both within the Council and with the European Parliament. The seminar also discusses the relationship between the Presidency and the institutions, whilst providing a forum for debate on the preparation and management of the EU Presidency.

Who will benefit most?

  • Future working party Chairs and deputy Chairs
  • Members of the Presidency teams, files, and Ministry coordinators
  • Brussels-based experts and national delegates.

Learn now how to gain the strategies and skills you need to overcome barriers, manage conflict, and achieve better outcomes. All that, in just three days. Want to become a better Chair person?

Note: Good prior knowledge of EU decision-making is required to take full advantage of the training. Get a comprehensive understanding of the full EU decision-making process.

09.00 Introductory session
Frank Lavadoux, Senior Lecturer, Expert in Negotiation and Communication Techniques, Programme on European Negotiations, EIPA
Challenge no. 1:
Defining the job profile of the Presidency
Challenge no. 2:
Preparing and planning for the Presidency
Interactive presentation
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Challenge no. 3:
Managing the strategic preparations

Situation room
Challenge no. 4:
Managing informal processes and corridor diplomacy
Simulation exercise and debriefing session
17.00 End of first day
09.00 Challenge no. 5:
Managing the meetings and negotiations
Role play of a Council Working Party meeting
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Debriefing
Challenge no.6:
Understanding the Institutional context of the relations between the Presidency and the European Parliament
Case study
17.00 End of second day
09.00 Challenge no. 7:
Managing the Negotiations with the European Parliament
Simulation of a trilogue negotiation
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Debriefing
Challenge no. 8:
Building your own self-confidence and other success factors
Evaluation of programme
15.30 End of the seminar

Course venue
European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
O.L. Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE, Maastricht
the Netherlands

The fee includes documentation, lunches 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.

Lunches will be served at a restaurant in town. 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 hotels are within 10 minutes walking distance from EIPA. 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 EIPA project number for your course.

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

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.). 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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