The programme includes the following modules:.
Interactive training sessions examining the theory and practice of negotiations and the specificities of the EU decision-making process:

  • Theory and practice of international negotiations
  • Defining and understanding the specificity of EU negotiations
  • EU decision-making structures: the negotiation framework
  • EU decision-making processes, including for secondary legislation
  • Latest updates on Brexit negotiations
Hands-on workshops, practice-oriented sessions aiming at identifying, developing and practising negotiation and other professional skills:

  • Communication techniques and strategies
  • Negotiation skills
  • Influencing skills
An on-going simulation exercise stretching over one day: Participants will perform as negotiators confronted with actual conditions and constrained by official procedures. Under the guidance of an experienced EU negotiator, they will be reproducing COREPER and Council meetings and will face intercultural communication challenges. The simulation exercise will be based on a real political/legislative issue under discussion in the EU.

Individual and collective feedback
will be a key part of the course giving participants the opportunity to maximise their personal learning experience. A coach will give pre and post feedback to each participant as well as recommendations to further enhance participants' skills.