About this course
The European Union is becoming an ever more complex entity that is difficult to grasp even for practitioners. At the same time, the European integration project has lately been facing distinct challenges that affect the core of the EU’s policy-making capacity as well as the political commitment of its Member States. The culmination of recent events creates dilemmas that go much further than the ‘deepening’ or ‘expanding’ integration paradigm and push the European Union to embody its mission more convincingly.
This summer school’s primary objective is to explain the post-Lisbon regime, assess how the novelties introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon in various policy areas have proved themselves in practice and observe how the EU’s new institutional structures, powers and procedures are responding to the challenges the Union faces.
The summer school has two principal aims, the first of which is to critically discuss the institutional and legal novelties brought by the Treaty of Lisbon and to explore how national and European administrative practices have complemented the new treaty framework. To this end, the EU’s institutional and decision-making frameworks will be revisited from the viewpoint of national administrations. Secondly, the event will specifically discuss whether the current institutional and legal setting of the EU enables it to face current challenges. We will discuss such questions as to how to safeguard the Rule of Law and Democracy, how to ensure the protection of Fundamental Rights in the EU, how to preserve the Eurozone and whether to expand it, how the European Public Prosecutor’s Office will add to the increased efforts to combat crimes against the EU‘s financial interest, as well as the question of the asylum and migration crisis and its effect on EU border security. The EU’s external action capabilities will also be discussed in view of the functioning and working practices of the European External Action Service. Lastly, the first lessons of the Brexit saga will be explored in light of the Article 50 TEU process and the question of maintaining close ties with a former EU Member State.
Who this course is for:
Experts from national administrations and EU Institutions; practitioners from various EU-regulated policy fields; and lawyers, consultants, journalists and other professionals dealing with the European Union who want to enhance their understanding of how the recent developments in the EU will have an impact on their work.
Course methodology and highlights:
Sessions will be conducted by two experts providing a short presentation followed by facilitated panel discussions, allowing for the exchange of ideas and addressing issues of concern based on case studies, where participants will be especially encouraged to share their respective experiences.
Module I – Legal nature of the EU, institutional issues and decision-making as defined by the Treaty of Lisbon
As we would like you to gain maximum benefit from this course, irrespective of your level of knowledge on the European Union, we suggest that you enrol on the first module and take part in the thematic discussion of the institutional setting and decision-making procedures of the EU. You will also be invited to visit the Court of Justice of the European Union and familiarise yourself with the EU’s role in preserving the founding principles of the EU, such as the rule of law, democracy and the protection of fundamental rights. The first module will also give guidance on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
What you will learn in this course
The objective of the summer school is to provide national administrations, interest groups and practitioners affected by EU regulatory policy an enhanced understanding of how to work more effectively with the EU.
In essence, the course explores the tenets of the European Union and helps participants to understand the underlying political, social and economic dilemmas and evaluate European-level responses.
By the end of the course, you will:
- understand what major events and polices shape the European Union today.
Module I is part of a 5-day course
Module I is part of a 5-day course. The 5-day course is divided into modules to offer you flexibility in adapting the course to your needs.
If you are interested in a combination of modules, please register separately to these modules and your invoice will be adapted according to the here given registration fees: Regular fees: 1415 € (3 days); 1000 € (2 days), 725 € (1 day); EIPA members’ fee: 1275 € (3 days), 900 € (2 days), 650 € (1 day).
Module II – From the European Monetary Union to the Banking Union
The second module concentrates on the discussion of the Eurozone, how it has served the needs of the participating EU Member States and the immediate perspectives of this heightened form of integration.
Module III – The Treaty of Lisbon’s impact on the EU’s area of freedom, security and justice
The third module discusses the developments and challenges underpinning the EU’s area of freedom security and justice, where discussions will start from establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and its role and function in combatting crimes against the EU’s financial interests, to the reform of the Common European Asylum System, ensuring a share of the burden across Member States and enhancing solidarity among each other, and the Schengen Area, where the enhanced security of EU borders is becoming an increasingly important expectation.
Module IV – EU’s external relations and the search for a new model for foreign policy coordination after Brexit
The fourth module discusses the EU’s external actions. Discussions begin at the new powers granted to the EU by the Treaty of Lisbon and then specifically focus on the role of the European External Action Service, the EU’s external trade policy and, finally, the current stage of and lessons from Brexit.
European Centre for Judges and Lawyers – EIPA Luxembourg
Chambre des Métiers Building
Circuit de la Foire Internationale, 2
Ms Christiane Lamesch
Tel: +352 426 230 302
The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. 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.
Early bird discount
For this course EIPA offers an early bird discount of 50 euro. The early bird deadline is 20 May 2019.
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, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
For all other participants, the regular fee applies.
Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.
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.
- Hotel Novotel Kirchberg****, at the rate of €165, tel.: +352 429848-1; booking page: accorhotels.com (Company ID: SC000002048 – Access Code: IN281LU654).
- Hotel Melia****, via melia.com (booking code: 01350007ZKC), via tel.: +352 27 33 32 06 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hotel D’Coque*** via http://www.coque.lu/reservation-dhotel-en-ligne, tel.: +352 43 60 60 222
- Hotel Simoncini****, at the rate of €180, : +352 22 28 44; e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org; www.hotelsimoncini.lu.
- Hotel Français***, at the rate of €140 tel.: +352 47 45 34; e-mail: email@example.com; hotelfrancais.lu (Reservation code: EIPA).
- Hotel Parc Plaza****, at the rate of €152, (Reservation code: EIPA0118). E-mail: https://www.goereshotels.com/parc-plaza-en
- Hotel Parc Bellevue***, at the rate of €108, (Reservation code: EIPA0118). E-mail: https://www.goereshotels.com/belle-vue-en
- : +352 44 23 23 23 23; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.goereshotels.com
- Hotel Domus***, at the rate of between €120 and €155,: +352 46 78 78 1; fax: +352 46 78 79; e-mail: email@example.com; www.domus.lu(Reservation code: EIPA).
Railway Station Area
- Hotel City****, at the rate of €189 (Monday to Thursday) and €150 (Friday to Sunday), tel.: +352 29 11 22; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; cityhotel.lu (Reservation code: EIPA)
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.
Prior payment is a condition for participation.
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.).
|Module I – Legal nature of the EU, institutional issues and decision-making as defined by the Treaty of Lisbon|
|08.30||Registration of participants|
|09.00||The European Union’s legal nature and founding principles
This first session will focus on the legal nature of the EU after the Lisbon Treaty as well as on the values and principles that distinguish the EU from other international organisations. The focus here will be on non-discrimination as a general principle of EU law. Furthermore, in this session, participants will learn more about the delimitation of competences between the EU and the Member States and the new categories of competences after the Lisbon Treaty.
Short presentation followed by a discussion with the participants, facilitated by the panel Igor Dizdarevic, Lecturer, and Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz, Senior Lecturer at EIPA Luxembourg – European Centre for Judges and Lawyers
|10.45||Democracy, rule of law and security, solidarity and trust
The session explains what the respect of rule of law entails in an EU context, explores what mechanisms are available through the modifications brought by the Treaty of Lisbon for the EU to monitor and sanction Member States that fall short of this obligation. Case studies of non-compliant Member States will enable participants to assess the EU institutions’ responses and draw from lessons learnt.
Short presentation followed by a discussion with the participants, facilitated by the panel Petra Jeney, Senior Lecturer, and Igor Dizdarevic
|13.00||The new decision-making mechanisms
This session will review the ordinary and special legislative procedures as amended by the Lisbon Treaty and examine how the legislative bodies of the EU as well as the EU Member States’ national parliaments have made use of their respective powers.
Short presentation followed by a discussion with the participants, facilitated by the panel Petra Jeney and Igor Dizdarevic
The session will explain the reasons why the Treaty of Lisbon has solidified the conferral of executive powers to the Commission and the situations in which the adoption of an executive (or non-legislative) measure is required. It will also identify the purposes these measures may serve and use specific examples to clarify how the new regime of delegated and implementing acts affects Members States’ scope for manoeuvre and the pursuance of national policy objectives.
Short presentation followed by a discussion with the participants, facilitated by the panel Igor Dizdarevic and Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz
|16.15||Concluding discussion of the principal changes brought by the Treaty of Lisbon
Participants, facilitated by Petra Jeney, Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz and Igor Dizdarevic
|17.00||Cocktails and networking|
|18.00||End of Day 1|
|Visit to the CJEU and protection of EU fundamental rights|
|08.00||Meeting at the Court of Justice of the European Union
Visitors’ entrance – rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
|08.45||Briefing on the Case XXXX|
|09.00||Hearing of the Case XXXX|
|15.00||The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
This session will explain how protecting fundamental rights has become an unavoidable issue in the course of the integration process, providing detailed attention to the legal nature and effect of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, which has been elevated to primary law by the Treaty of Lisbon. Particular attention will be paid to the extent to which – and how – Member States should consider the Charter when implementing EU law at the national level.
Short presentation followed by discussion with the participants, facilitated by the panel Petra Jeney and Igor Dizdarevic
|The EU and the European Convention on Human Rights
The session will identify why the accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is marked as a legal imperative by the Lisbon Treaty. The role and status of the ECHR in EU law will be discussed, and an update on the recent developments concerning the EU’s accession to the ECHR will be provided. The session will illustrate with practical examples what the EU’s accession to the ECHR will entail for the national judiciaries.
Short presentation followed by discussion with the participants, facilitated by the panel Petra Jeney and Igor Dizdarevic
|17.30||Concluding discussion of the principal changes brought by the Treaty of Lisbon
Participants, facilitated by Petra Jeney and Igor Dizdarevic
|18.00||End of Day 2|