European Union Crash-Course

Course Overview:

A one-day intensive program designed for diplomats seeking an advanced understanding of the sui generis nature of the European Union and its institutional setting.  The course is divided into three parts. 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 presents an overview of the European Union as a global actor in times of crisis, with a particular focus on EU-Russia relations, Eastern Partnership initiative and the impact of Brexit on the future of the project.

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 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 as a Global Actor

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 EU decision-making process
  • better comprehension of  the specific nature of EU foreign policy
  • an update on the most important challenges the EU is facing – both externally and internally.