EXECUTIVE EDUCATION 2014

»21st Intensive Seminar on the EU

:: Bruges, 30 June -18 July / 7-18 / 7-11 July 2014
All you need to know about EU decision-making and policies! Choose from one- to three-week courses tailored to your level of experience.

Register by 31 March 2014 to receive a 10% reduction on the registration fee. Registration open till 2 June 2014.

» EU Competition Law

:: Bruges, 7-11 July 2014
Deepen your knowledge and develop the professional skills necessary to master the legal complexities of EU competition law and overcome daily challenges at work.

Register by 31 March 2014 to receive a 10% reduction on the registration fee. Registration open till 2 June 2014.

» EU Diplomacy & Diplomatic Skills

:: Bruges, 13-15 October 2014
Grasp the complexities of EU Diplomacy with a specialised training programme designed for you to learn and better understand the EU external relations after the launching of the EEAS and to practice the skills required to communicate, report and negotiate across cultures.

Register by 31 July 2014 to receive a 10% reduction on the registration fee. Registration open till 22 September 2014.

» Trade Policy

:: Bruges, 27-29 October 2014
Improve, extend and update your knowledge and understanding of the EU's trade Policy and international trade law through an innovative and interactive training programme.

Register by 31 July 2014 to receive a 10% reduction on the registration fee. Registration open till 6 October 2014.

» Negotiations in Practice

:: Bruges, 17-21 November 2014
The principles and practice of EU decision-making including a two-day simulation exercise.

Register by 31 July 2014 to receive a 10% reduction on the registration fee. Registration open till 27 October 2014.

» EU Project Management

:: Bruges, 17-21 November 2014
A one-week interactive journey along the life of EU projects, from programming through to tender writing, project implementation and evaluation.

Register by 31 July 2014 to receive a 10% reduction on the registration fee. Registration open till 27 October 2014.

»EU Fact Finding

:: Brussels, 10 October 2014
A half-day fact finding mission to guide you through the ‘labyrinth' of EU-related websites.

Register by 31 July 2014 to receive a 10% reduction on the registration fee. Registration open till 22 September 2014.

 
 

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The College of Europe Development Office wishes you an enjoyable festive season

This is the perfect time to set strong goals, to start thinking of trying new things, and to challenge ourselves to be better in the New Year to come. Jesús Ballesteros, Deputy Director, College of Europe Development Office
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Armenia - The Diplomatic School of Armenia on Study Tour

As part of the two-year project "Support to Capacity and Institution Building of the Diplomatic Academy in Armenia", the College of Europe Development Office organised a Study Tour in Brussels and Vienna for 29 students and staff of the Diplomatic School of Armenia.

Georgia - Project award: Capacity building in International Relations

The College of Europe Development Office has been awarded with the two-year project: "Capacity building in International Relations in Georgia". The overall objective of this initiative is to support the strategic development, capacity building and promotion of the Diplomatic Training Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and by this to contribute to the implementation of the major part of the Institutional Reform Plan of the beneficiary institutions.

Moldova - Enhancing the expertise of civil servants on EU legislation

In December 2013, the College of Europe Development Office has been awarded by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova the contrat "Staff Development Services". The main activity of this initiative is to organise professional training for civil servants working for the Centre of Legal Approximation under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova. 

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The May 2014 European Parliament elections

Luis Bouza García, Academic Coordinator of the European General Studies of the College of Europe, writes, in this edition of our Newsletter, about the absenteeism in the European Parliament elections. How to make the European Parliament a stronger institution closer to the citizens? The May 2014 Parliament elections are key because, among other things, they will influence on the next European Commission's President election. Stay up to date with your knowledge on the EU throughout 2014 by participating in our professional training programmes: all the latest EU developments in your hands!

 

Luis Bouza García, Academic Coordinator of the European General Studies of the College of Europe

« The European Parliament constitutes a paradox in that the increasing power it has acquired since its first direct election in 1979 has been met by increasing indifference from the public in the form of abstention. »

I recently sat by chance in a plane with a College of Europe alumnus of my own promotion (Copernicus) who happens to work at the European Parliament (EP). After exchanging news of common friends I told him about a paper I recently wrote on how to tackle youth absenteeism in the elections to the European Parliament. When he asked me to summarise my conclusions and recommendations he was shocked by my remark that national leaders should publicly debate the main policy decisions in the EP. He interrupted me to say "Luis, that's already done, national leaders and the chairman of the European Council come to the EP before and after the Councils". Even though this is not exactly what I meant, I think that the anecdote is telling about the lack of visibility of the EP. If someone teaching and researching on European politics vaguely remembers about the EP in holding the European Council to account, there are high chances that the general public is not aware of the role of the Parliament in the EU. 

If we were to ask the average European citizen who has the power in the EU he or she is likely to identify the German Chancellor, the British Prime Minister or "Brussels", an alleged shortcut for the European Commission, but is unlikely to think of the EP.

NEWS

Collaboration avec l'OIF: Le français dans la diplomatie et la fonction publique

Depuis plusieurs années, le Collège d'Europe coopère avec l'OIF dans le cadre de son programme "Le français dans la diplomatie et la fonction publique". Le but de ce programme étant pour les fonctionnaires d'améliorer leurs compétences et connaisances en affaires européennes en français.

Balkan corner

The College of Europe Development Office remained active in the Western Balkans during the autumn season through the organisation of various activities for the Ministry of Interior of Serbia and for the Ministry of European Integration of Albania.

Autumn Training Seminars 2013: a success story !

While we are slowly entering into winter, it is time for the College of Europe Development Office to reflect on our studious and successful autumn. Our three autumn training seminars were fully booked with participants coming from all over Europe and beyond to deepen their knowledge on Trade Policy and WTO (28-30 October 2013), improve their negotiation and communications skills (18-22 November 2013) and learn how to apply and manage EU funded projects (18-22 November 2013).

New Training Modules on EU2020 Strategy in 2014

The College of Europe Development Office is developing new training modules on the EU Strategy and its flagship initiatives in order to assist professionals to understand the new objectives and instruments created to achieve the ambitious targets of the Strategy. Stay tuned ! More information will follow in 2014.

UNU-CRIS - Book Series Traces Six-Decade History of Regionalism

The United Nations University Institute of Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) has published Regionalism, a four-volume intellectual history capturing and organising six decades of research and policy discourse on regional integration and regionalism. The series, edited by Philippe De Lombaerde (Associate Director, UNU-CRIS) and Fredrik Söderbaum (Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg and Associate Senior Research Fellow, UNU-CRIS), was published as part of the respected SAGE Library of International Relations series.
 
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