EU Diplomacy & Diplomatic Skills

Bruges, Belgium
5 - 7 October 2020

COVID-19 NOTE / In line with the changing protocol surrounding the COVID-19 and the recommendations from Belgian authorities, the course team is mostly working remotely.

We remain entirely committed to offer our services while ensuring at the same time the health, safety and well-being of our community. The 'EU Diplomacy & Diplomatic Skills' training course will take place from 5 to 7 October 2020 in Bruges, following the applicable Belgian and Flemish Government regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn more here.

In the event of further restrictions due to the evolution of the pandemic, the course could be offered in an online format. In case of any modification, registered participants will be duly informed and offered several options to choose from: the online version of the course, participation in the 2021 edition of the course, participation in another College of Europe’s Executive Training course or 100% refund of the paid fee.

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With kindest regards,
The 'EU Diplomacy & Diplomatic Skills' Team

How to navigate the EU's diplomatic waters?
Reporting, communicating and negotiating

The European Union’s diplomatic efforts and external representation are inherently different from the Member-States’ external policies. The EU, with its strong background in peace mediation and public diplomacy, can be considered a unique diplomatic entity and a fascinating study-object.

This three-day interactive course is designed for the participants to learn about EU diplomacy, to share experiences and to improve their diplomatic skills. After a short introduction to the EU's external affairs and the European External Action Service (EEAS), the course will focus on relevant diplomatic skills. Practical sessions and exercises on political reporting, effectively communicating across cultures, and political analysis will add to the participants’ knowledge and skillset.

All modules are delivered by high-level experienced professionals in the field of European and national diplomacy, reporting, communication and negotiations. The programme is designed to be as interactive as possible; active participation is required and networking opportunities are strongly encouraged throughout the course.

Note from the Course Director

“In today’s rapidly changing world, diplomatic skills are becoming ever more important, also in EU foreign affairs. This interactive training offers practical insights into making political analysis, public diplomacy, and negotiation techniques most effective.”

Ms Sieglinde Gstöhl
Director of Studies – EU International Relations and Diplomacy College of Europe, Bruges


Notes from participants of previous editions

“This course has empowered me and contributed to my knowledge of EU Diplomacy. I’ve become a better negotiator, I communicate more effectively and I’ve increased my self-confidence.”

“I’ve received a lot of practical tips on improving my analysis and critical thinking.”

“The knowledge and experience of the lecturers is the main attribute of this training.”

Please note that this course can be tailor-made on demand for specific groups.