DO Newsletter 2012 Issue N°3

Open Registrations

» EU Diplomacy

:: Bruges, 08-12 October 2012
Grasp the complexities of the EU Diplomacy with a specialised training programme designed to learn and better understand the EU external relations after the launching of the EEAS.

Registration is open till 24 September 2012, on a first-come first-served basis. 10-15-20% discounts for groups, former participants, College of Europe Alumni and EU officials.

» EU Fact Finding
:: Brussels, 05 October 2012
A half-day fact finding mission to guide you through the ‘labyrinth' of EU-related websites.

Registration is open till 24 September 2012.
» EU Negotiations in Practice

:: Bruges, 12-16 November 2012

The principles and practice of EU decision-making including a two-day simulation exercise.

Registration is open till 22 October 2012. 10-15-20% discounts for groups, former participants, College of Europe Alumni and EU officials.

» EU Project Management

:: Bruges, 12-16 November 2012

A one-week interactive journey along the life of EU projects, from fund raising through to tender writing, project implementation and evaluation.

Registration is open till 22 October 2012. 10-15% discounts for groups, former participants and College of Europe Alumni.



Provision of staff training and related consultancy services to the EU institutions, bodies and agencies – LOT 6 EU Governance Matters

Between September and December 2012, the College of Europe Development Office will be organizing different seminars on WTO Law, Political Reporting and Economics. These seminars are organized for different departments of EU Institutions, Agencies and Bodies in Brussels, Luxembourg and Stockholm..
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Training of Trainers on EU Accession Negotiations

“Potential candidate country”, “candidate country”, “acceding country”: different membership statuses, but one shared perspective for the Western Balkans – which the College of Europe wishes to support.

Conference “The Neighbours of the EU’s Neighbours: Diplomatic and Geopolitical Dimensions beyond the ENP”

On 15-16 November 2012, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, in cooperation with its TOTAL Chair of EU Foreign Policy, is organising an international conference at the College of Europe, Bruges campus, to discuss the diplomatic and geopolitical dimensions beyond the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). .



Sieglinde Gstöhl is Director of Studies as well as Professor in the EU International Relations and Diplomacy Department at the College of Europe in Bruges. Ahead of the European Diplomacy Seminar taking place from 8-12 October, we asked Professor Gstöhl to explain why joint training on EU diplomacy is of huge importance and how diplomacy changed after the establishment of the EEAS.

Sieglinde Gstöhl about training for EU Diplomacy: Knowledge, Skills and Networks

With the end of the Cold War and the emergence of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), the External Service of the European Commission’s began to develop rapidly. Within a decade the number of Commission Delegations doubled. Unlike national embassies, the Delegations did not consist of professional diplomats but mainly of regular civil servants from the Commission’s “RELEX family” DGs. Therefore, various training initiatives have been developed since the mid-1990s to better prepare in particular those officials who were going to work abroad. The need for training culminated in the post-Lisbon creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in 2011. With staff from various EU institutions, national diplomats and local agents, this Service has considerably grown in size and diversity. As a fledgling EU foreign ministry the EEAS has also acquired new tasks, and the role of Delegations has extended from project management implementing Community aid to representing the Union’s interests on a broad range of issues. As a result, training for EU diplomacy has become paramount.


2012 Summer Courses for Professionals –
a success story!

While the academic year had come to an end, the Development Office held in Bruges its flagship professional training course on EU affairs for the 19th year in a row, launched one of its new “open for registration” courses on EU Competition Law, and organised the 8th edition of a tailor-made training for the Turkish Competition Authority.

Trade Policy – Understanding the Essentials of EU Trade Law and the WTO

This three-day seminar was organized during 3-5 September 2012. The seminar offered a thorough and detailed introduction of trade law and WTO.

6th Edition of the Summer Seminar for Russian students

23 students from the European Studies Institute (ESI) of MGIMO-University in Moscow have been selected for the 2012 ESI Summer Seminar taking place at the College of Europe Bruges campus from 3 till 13 September.

Conference "Co-operation, Integration and Alliances: Regional and Global Perspectives, Challenges and Solutions"

The United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and the Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies Section (CISS) of the International Studies Association (ISA) co-organise a Conference in Bruges, 19-21 June 2013
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