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EU in Close-up

Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 - 09:30 to Friday, 28 March, 2014 - 17:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Karel Van Miert Building
Institute for European Studies

Intensive seminar on EU institutions and policy process

Concept:  an intensive training seminar on the EU institutions and the EU policy process offered twice a year (spring and autumn sessions)

What is EU in Close-Up training?:

  • A 3-day intensive programme designed for both new and seasoned professionals seeking an advanced understanding of the EU institutions and decision-making

EU in Close-Up training offers you:

  • In-depth analysis of each institution, with a special focus on its functioning and role within the EU structure overall
  • A detailed insight into the various types of decision-making methods, according to the field of EU action
  • Choice between two comprehensive case studies on specific EU policies in practice
  • A hands-on guide to various types of EU information sources in the form of an online module

Practical information

  • The course takes place at the Institute for European Studies, Pleinlaan 5, Brussels.
  • The registration fee includes: course materials, access to the online module on EU information sources, lunches and refreshments at the IES, welcome dinner and cocktail reception.
  • At the end of the seminar, all participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance issued by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).


  • Regular fee: 750€
  • Reduced fee: 375€
  • Student group: 750€/group
  • Group discount: 10% discount for groups of minimum 3 people

Reduced fees are available for participants from NGOs and students. Business and student cards are accepted as proof. The special 'Student group' offer is a reduced price when 5 students enroll together as a group (750€ for 5 students).



09:30 - 10:00 Introduction
10:00 - 11:15 History and institutional structure of the EU (Dr. Magdalena Sapala, IES)
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 13:00 The European Commission: role, composition, functioning (Alexandra Mihai, IES)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:30 The Council of Ministers and the European Council  (Dr. Alexander Mattelaer, IES)
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 - 17:30 The European Parliament: powers, structures and functioning (Dr. Magdalena Sapala, IES)
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner with keynote speech: "EU2020 and the European Semester: crisis management or long-term strategy?" (Dr. Steven Engels, European Semester Officer - Belgium, European Commission)
09:00 - 10:30 Inter-institutional decision-making procedures (Alexandra Mihai, IES)
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:15 Policy implementation: comitology (Inge Depoorter, VUB) 
12:15 - 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 - 14:30 Lobbying in the EU (Prof. Dr. Alison Woodward, IES, VUB)
14:30 - 17:30 Simulation game on EU Multiannual Financial Framework
(Dr. Magdalena Sapala & Alexandra Mihai, IES)
09:30 - 11:00 EU Law and the relations with national legislation (M. Kritikos, EIPA)
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:45 EU Internal Market (Max Salomon Jansson)
12:45 - 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 - 15:30 Choice between:  EU in the World (Daniel Fiott)
Environmental Policy (Lisanne Groen)
15:30 - 17:00 Reception

Registration & Venue

The training will take place at the premises of the Institute for European Studies from 26 March until 28 March. Please click here to register.

Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Lisbon
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels
[Map & Directions]


Should you have any questions or remarks, please click here to fill in the contact form.