European affairs

Orientation on the European Union
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Training type
Open Registration Courses
Training category
European affairs
Training location
The Hague
Training data
11 - 12 Jun 2018 25 - 26 Jun 2018
Course language
Course price
€ 2080,- (excl. visit to Brussels)

Orientation on the EU is an intensive four-day training course that focuses on policy making in the European context. This course consists of two modules. Each module lasts two days.

The program provides an introduction to the functioning of the European Union, including the workings of the main EU institutions and the interplay between Brussels and The Hague. The theory will be complemented with simulations and in-depth sessions based on the Brussels practice “on the ground”. An optional visit to Brussels is organised to give you the opportunity to see the European institutions in action and to broaden your (European) network. The entire course will be taught in Dutch.

Is this course for you?

This course is specifically designed for Dutch government officials that are dealing or will deal with the EU in their daily work that want to develop their knowledge on policy making in the European context.

What will you learn?

In this course you will gain knowledge on:

  • The history and main principles of the Union
  • The EU institutions and policy cycle
  • The interplay between Brussels and The Hague
  • Recent developments in the EU

In addition, you will develop and/or deepen your skills in the following fields:

  • Effective interest representation in Brussels
  • Intercultural communication in the EU framework
  • EU negotiations
  • Preparing Dutch positions on new EU proposals
  • EU information management

Which methods will be used?

The aforementioned learning goals will be achieved through a series of theoretical introductions and interactive skills sessions, such as workshops and simulations. Next to trainers and speakers from Clingendael, guest speakers working with or at the EU are invited to give an insight in the Union in practice.

What else you need to know

There is no need for pre-course study. In between the two modules, participants will have a minimum of two weeks to work on their individual assignments. The total workload for the assignments equates to roughly one working day.

All sessions in this course take place from 9:15 till 17:00 at the Clingendael Institute or the Babylon hotel. Please note that if the course does not achieve its minimum required number of registered participants the course would need to be rescheduled for a later date.

All course materials will be provided at the beginning of the course. Participants do not require to order any materials in advance.

At the end of the course all participants will receive a certificate.

Registration and further information

If you would like to register for this course, please visit this registration page.
There are also possibilities to set up in-company training.

Our General Terms and Conditions apply to this course.