EU Institutions

Course Overview:

A three day intensive program designed for professionals seeking an advanced understanding of the sui generis nature of the European Union and its institutional setting.  The course is divided into three parts, all taking into account the changes brought about by the Lisbon Treaty. It first provides a comprehensive overview of the history and institutional architecture of the European Union. Secondly it offers an overview of EU’s decision-making process. Lastly, it allows the participants to practically implement the accumulated knowledge in a hand-on simulation of the proceedings of the Council of the European Union.

Learning Methodology:

The course takes a balanced approach, where theory and practice complement each other to facilitate the learning experience. The course is highly interactive in nature, based upon a solid foundation of presentations but about 40% of the time will be dedicated to case-studies and simulation.  Case-studies and simulation will put the knowledge gained by the participants in a practical context to demonstrate the relevance and consequences of the EU institutional setting and decision-making-process for its Member States.

Key Topics

 The genesis of the European Union

  • EU institutional setting
  • EU decision making process
  • Fundamentals of EU law

Program Benefits

 At the completion of the program, the participants will have:

  • clear understanding of the sui generis nature of the European Union
  • in-depth knowledge of the institutional architecture of the  European Union
  • practical overview of the decision-making process of the EU law


European Academy of Diplomacy | EAD

The European Academy of Diplomacy (EAD) is the first non-governmental, non-for-profit diplomatic academy in Europe, with a mission of shaping, sharpening and inspiring a new generation of enlightened international leaders.
​Since its inception in 2004 and with over 9500 graduates from more than 120 countries, EAD offers the highest quality tailor-made programs at graduate, post-graduate and executive levels. Renowned for its teaching methods, international faculty and distinguished speakers, the EAD prepares diplomats, civil servants, political and social leaders, as well as representatives of businesses, academia and the non-governmental sector for the challenges of a globalizing and ever changing world. As partner of the Council of Europe and a member of the Network of Schools of Political Studies, the European Academy of Diplomacy focuses on promoting democratic values, human rights and rule of law.

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