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European Training Programme 2018-2019: Unlocking the Workings of the EU

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Venue (2)European Training Programme 2018-2019: Unlocking the Workings of the EU

Module 1

Learn more about how the EU institutions and policy-making works through the European Training Programme.

TRAINING OVERVIEW:

The programme aims at providing a thorough understanding of the EU’s internal workings on a variety of different topics, ranging from external relations in trade, energy and investment to security, innovation, and banking reforms.

Offering 12 topic-specific sessions, the participants will be able to gain multiple insights from different backgrounds. In particular, each session will be constructed in two parts, the first of which will feature a keynote speaker from the EU institutions, who will provide an institutional perspective and introduction to the specific topic.

The second part of each session will encompass a contribution from the rest of the panel, the composition of which varies each week according to the topic in question. Generally speaking, the second part of the panel will be comprised of two experts: one corporate and one academic or expert speaker from NGOs, Academia, Private Sector, Industrial Associations etc.

Each session will also include a short break between the two parts, which will give the participants ample opportunity to exchange ideas with the speakers.

In this way, you will leave the training having gained a comprehensive view on a vast number of EU-interested issues.

TARGET AUDIENCE:

The programme is dedicated to diplomats, EU officials, the private sector, NGOs, and individuals who are interested in deepening their knowledge on the workings of the EU institutions.

FEES:

350€ (VAT excluded)

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

The programme will be repeated in three modules:

  • 1st Module: 09/04/2018-30/06/2018
  • 2nd Module: 01/10/2018-17/12/2018
  • 3rd Module: 21/01/2019-08/04/2019

Each module will last 12 weeks, with a two-hour session per week.

DRAFT PROGRAMME:

Week 1

Date & Time: 10/04/2018, 10.00-12.00

Venue: European Neighbourhood Council (Rue Washington 40, 1050 Ixelles)

Topic: EU structures and decision-making under Lisbon Treaty provisions (EU institutions and their interaction/Impact of BREXIT on EU governance, policy formulation and decision making)

Keynote Speaker: Dave Keating, Journalist

Panel:

Dr. Seda Gurkan, Lecturer at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Petr Novak, European Parliament – Administrator – Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)

Moderator: Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director

Week 2

Date & Time: 17/04/2018, 10.00-12.00

Venue: European Neighbourhood Council (Rue Washington 40, 1050 Ixelles)

Topic: EU structures and decision-making under Lisbon Treaty provisions (The EU budget/Strengthening of the EU economic governance in the aftermath of the financial crisis)

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Michele Chang, Professor at College of Europe (Bruges)

Panel:

Andrej Stuchlik, Policy Adviser, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm, Research & Advocacy Coordinator at Transparency International EU

Moderator: Dr. Andrea Mogni, ENC External Advisor & Senior Expert at the Global Governance Institute.

The subscription to the programme is valid for all three modules, in case of unavailability to attend certain sessions.

Week 3

Date & Time: 23/04/2018, 10:00-12:00

Venue: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli A5G-1

Topic: EU Thematic (internal) Policies (1): (Sustainability – environment, circular economy and climate change issues, including financing for adaptation and mitigation)

Opening Remarks: Ilhan Kyuchyuk, MEP (ALDE) & AFET Member

Keynote Speaker: Wendel Trio, Director at Climate Action Network

Panel:

Niels Schuster, International Relations Officer, DG CLIMA

Dr. Katja Biedenkopf, Assistant Professor at Leuven International and European Studies, KU Leuven

Moderator: Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director

Week 4

Date & Time: 30/04/2018, 10.00-12.00

Venue: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli A5G-1

Topic: EU Thematic (internal) Policies (2): Innovation (Innovation Union, Digital Europe, Connecting Europe, Horizon 2020 and annual action plans, Smart cities)

Keynote Speaker: Helen Kopman, Deputy Head of Unit, Start-ups & Innovation, DG Connect

Panel:

Louis Papaemmanouel, Expert in Funding for Startups and SMEs, Director of EU Startup Services

Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission, Research and Innovation (RTD)

Moderator: Dr. Andrea Mogni, ENC External Advisor & Visiting Professor at Saint Louis University.

Week 5

Date & Time: 08/05/18, 10.00-12.00

Venue: InfoPoint Europa, Rue Archimede 1, (1st floor)

Topic: EU Thematic (internal) Policies (3): Investment (The EFSI programme and EU policies and incentives to attract FDI to Europe)

Keynote Speaker: Lucas Lenchant, Policy Advisor at the European Investment Bank (EIB)

Panel:

Jacek Truszczynski, Policy Coordinator at DG ECFIN

James Watson, Director of Economics at Business Europe

Moderator: Dr. Andrea Mogni, ENC External Advisor & Visiting Professor at Saint Louis University.

Week 6

Date & Time: 14/05/18, 10:00-12:00

Venue: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli A5G-1

Topic: EU Thematic (internal) Policies (4): Industrial Development (SMEs development and their internationalization-COSME programme and the role of the EIB)

Keynote Speaker: Giacomo Mattino, Head of Unit – Enterprise Europe Network and Internationalisation of SMEs, DG GROW

Panel:

Maria Pia Vigliarolo del Colombo, Policy Officer – SME policy activities and mainstreaming of SME policy, DG GROW

Armando Melone, Policy Officer – COSME Financial Instruments, DG GROW

Moderator: Andreas Marazis, ENC Head Researcher for Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Week 7

Date & Time: 22/05/18, 10:00-12:00

Venue: InfoPoint Europa, Rue Archimede 1, (1st floor)

Topic: Trade and Foreign Investment Policies and Issues (1): EU Trade Policies and the new EU anti-dumping legislation/EU Market Access and rules of origin provisions in the context of globalized supply chains

Keynote Speaker: Fabrice d’Aprile, Deputy Head of Unit General Policy and WTO relations, relations with industry, DG TRADE

Panel:

Deniz Servantie, Independent Consultant

Eleonora Catella, Senior Adviser, Business Europe

Moderator: Dr. Andrea Mogni, ENC External Advisor & Visiting Professor at Saint Louis University.

Week 8 (postponed)

New Date & Time: 02/07/18, 10.00-12.00

Venue: InfoPoint Europa, Rue Archimede 1, (1st floor)

Topic: Trade and Foreign Investment Policies and Issues (2): New Risks (fiscal dumping, competitive devaluations, exchange rate manipulations)/The EU in WTO

Keynote Speaker: Guus Houttuin, EEAS Adviser Trade Issues and Business Coordinator

Panel:

Prof. Pierre-Guillaume Meon, Professor of Economics at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Director of the Centre Emile Bernheim

Dominique Orsini, Managing Director, Political Edge

Moderator: Dr. Andrea Mogni, ENC External Advisor & Visiting Professor at Saint Louis University.

Week 9

Date & Time: 06/06/2018, 10.00-12.00

Venue: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli, A1E-1

Topic: Trade and Foreign Investment Policies and Issues (3): The EU and International Sanction Regimes/The EU’s FTA, BIT, CU, DCFTA, EPA, EBA, PCA and AA negotiations and agreements

Keynote Speaker: Balazs Kiss, Policy Coordinator at DG Trade

Panel:

Martin Russell, Research Administrator at European Parliament

Dr. Laura Puccio, Research Administrator at European Parliament

Moderator: Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director

Week 10

Date & Time: 12/06/2018, 10.00-12.00

Venue: InfoPoint Europa, Rue Archimede 1, (1st floor)

Topic: Trade and Foreign Investment Policies and Issues (4): Development policies and policies towards the countries in transition (BRICs, ACPs, transition countries in the EU Neighbourhood and the Balkans)/Investment facilitation instruments (the role of the EIB, EBRD and European Investment/Development financial institutions)

Keynote Speaker: Franco Conzato, Deputy Head of Unit, Results and Business Processes DEVCO confirmed

Panel:

Paulus Geraedts, Team Leader, Outreach and investment services, Secretariat of the External Investment Plan, European Commission

Fernando Nino-Page, Policy Officer, Neighbourhood South, Maghreb, DG NEAR

Moderator: Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director

Week 11

Date & Time: 20/06/2018, 10.00-12.00

Venue: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli, A5G-1

Topic: EU External Policies: (Public Diplomacy/Strategic Communication/Human Rights/EU and Civil Society Organisations (EU external instruments (EIDHRs, Partnership Instrument, Instrument for Stability, thematic DCI))

Keynote Speaker: Pietro De Matteis, Advisor on Public Diplomacy at the EEAS

Panel:

Tika Tsertsvadze, International Advocacy Manager – International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR)

Anneli Ahonen, East Stratcom Task Force, Strategic Communications, EEAS

Moderator: Andreas Marazis, ENC Head Researcher for Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Week 12

Date & Time: 26/06/18, 10.00-12.00

Venue: InfoPoint Europa, Rue Archimede 1, (1st floor)

Topic: EU policies and instruments in the fields of Security, Defence, anti-Terrorism and Migration (EU relations with the UN and NATO/The role of the European Defense Agency)

Keynote Speaker: Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director

Panel:

Elena Lazarou, Senior Policy Analyst, European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS)

Shahr-yar Sharei, Executive Director – Center for United Nations Constitutional Research (CUNCR)

Moderator: Andreas Marazis, ENC Head Researcher for Eastern Europe & Central Asia

With the exception of the first two sessions, the remaining ten meetings will be evenly distributed between the European Parliament and the Infopoint Europa (Rue Archimede 1, 1st floor).

The registration is now open for participants who wish to attend the first cycle of trainings. Due to limited seats available you are encouraged to register early by sending an e-mail to media@encouncil.org using “European Training Programme” as a subject.

For more information regarding the topics, check the European Training Programme brochure below.

pdfEuropean Training Programme Brochure

High profile Meeting on Turkey-EU Visa Liberalization.

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High profile Meeting on Turkey-EU Visa Liberalization.

“Visa Liberalization Expert Panel – Socio Economic Effects on Turkey and the EU” was held in Brussels on the 22th of June and chaired by MEP Ismail Ertug in the European Parliament at a relevant time when Turkey’s visa liberalization is being scrutinized by the European Commission and is expected to face a vote in the European Parliament towards the end of 2016.

All business associations present presented detailed outlooks and analysis of the socio economic impacts of visa liberalization.

Due to the relevant topic and the high profile speakers, several news articles were written about the event.

Some of the articles included:

pdfClick to download the full event description.

The Future of Europe and Turkey through Education

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Online Learning Initiatives for Youth in Turkey: Privacy, Disinformation, Media Freedom and Fundraising

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC), in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) Turkey andthe Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Turkey concluded a series of online training sessions as part of their project titled “The Future of Europe & Turkey Through Education”. The online training programme built on identified best practises of the Turkey Training and Lecture Programme 2018-2020 (TTP) and it covered the following topics: privacydisinformationmedia freedom and fundraising.

The four online sessions brought together a group of around 40 opinion shapers composed of members of Civil Society Organisations (CSO), journalists/bloggers, students and academics across Turkey.

Get a glimpse of our training programme in the videos below available in English and in Turkish:

https://youtu.be/LZ-vpuxS1s8
https://youtu.be/zmkiPgwSKZM

The Future of Europe and Turkey through Education

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Online Learning Initiatives for Youth in Turkey: Privacy, Disinformation, Media Freedom and Fundraising

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC), in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) Turkey andthe Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Turkey concluded a series of online training sessions as part of their project titled “The Future of Europe & Turkey Through Education”. The online training programme built on identified best practises of the Turkey Training and Lecture Programme 2018-2020 (TTP) and it covered the following topics: privacydisinformationmedia freedom and fundraising.

The four online sessions brought together a group of around 40 opinion shapers composed of members of Civil Society Organisations (CSO), journalists/bloggers, students and academics across Turkey.

Get a glimpse of our training programme in the videos below available in English and in Turkish:

ENC study: the impact of COVID-19 on media consumption among vulnerable communities in Central Asia

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ENC study: the impact of COVID-19 on media consumption among vulnerable communities in Central Asia

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC), in cooperation with Internews Central Asia, presented the preliminary findings of their new study during an online event, which took place on August 6th, and was live streamed on Facebook. The study aims to provide a mapping of media and information consumption among three target communities (labour migrants, refugees/stateless persons and ethnic minorities) during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also identifying their vulnerabilities and risks of social exclusion.
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Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research, Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director and Shairbek Dzhuraev, co-founder and director of Crossroads Central Asia shared early findings of their research on media consumption among vulnerable communities in Central Asia, the impact of COVID-19 and the link between access to information and poorer socio-economic conditions.
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The first results arising from the quantitative data survey, which reached thousands of interviewees, showed that COVID-19 had a tremendous impact on the living conditions of these communities. Over 50% of labour migrants in the region are currently unemployed, a number which is due to increase over time, while poverty among refugees is becoming more widespread.
At the same time, the findings demonstrated that these communities lack coverage in most media platforms (TV, radio, press and online media) across the region and need to be more representated through different minority languages beyond Russian.
The results also indicate that the levels of uncertainty for all groups rose, including unemployment. However, labour migrants and refugees/stateless people are far more at risk of job uncertainty. Concerning income levels, refugees and stateless people reported the lowest levels, followed by labour migrants, whereas ethnic minorities reported the most financially secure status among the three groups.
The graphics below demonstrate some of these figures:
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When it comes to media consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of internet is widespread among all communities with an absolute majority confirming online platforms as their preferred medium to access news and information, with the exception of Uzbekistan, where social media usage is low in comparison. Language concerns on COVID-19 information are also high among all groups and range between 10 and 20% of individuals within these communities desiring other languages than the ones available to obtain information.
Overall, there were varying degrees of trust towards government in terms of their handling of the new Coronavirus and availability of information, standing at 50/50 in most countries. However, many individuals simply did not have access to diverse and/or quality information, or the tools to access it.
ENC and Internews Central Asia will continue their research until the end of September 2020, looking into finalising the report by the end of October 2020.
You can access the video of the online event here.

Media and ENC Visa Liberalization Event.

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High profile Meeting on Turkey-EU Visa Liberalization.

“Visa Liberalization Expert Panel – Socio Economic Effects on Turkey and the EU” was held in Brussels on the 22th of June and chaired by MEP Ismail Ertug in the European Parliament at a relevant time when Turkey’s visa liberalization is being scrutinized by the European Commission and is expected to face a vote in the European Parliament towards the end of 2016.

All business associations present presented detailed outlooks and analysis of the socio economic impacts of visa liberalization.

Due to the relevant topic and the high profile speakers, several news articles were written about the event.

Some of the articles included:

pdfClick to download the full event description.

Media and ENC Counter Terrorism Event

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Media and ENC’s counter terrorism event

“Turkey-EU Cooperation in Counter-terrorism: Challenges of ISIS and PKK” was held in Brussels on the 9th of July, one day after official counter terrorism talks between Turkey and the EU ended with successful progress.

Due to the relevant topic and the high profile speakers, several news articles were written about the event and the importance of further non-governmental involvement in counter-terrorism between Turkey and the EU.

Some of the articles included:

Several expert panels brought together a group of civil society counter terrorism experts and high profile speakers from academia and EU institutions from both Turkey and the EU. The event was hosted by the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) and the Center for Middle Eastern and Strategic Studies (ORSAM).

Media and ENC Visa Liberalization Event.

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High profile Meeting on Turkey-EU Visa Liberalization.

“Visa Liberalization Expert Panel – Socio Economic Effects on Turkey and the EU” was held in Brussels on the 22th of June and chaired by MEP Ismail Ertug in the European Parliament at a relevant time when Turkey’s visa liberalization is being scrutinized by the European Commission and is expected to face a vote in the European Parliament towards the end of 2016.

All business associations present presented detailed outlooks and analysis of the socio economic impacts of visa liberalization.

Due to the relevant topic and the high profile speakers, several news articles were written about the event.

Some of the articles included:

Click to download the full event description.

Media and ENC Counter Terrorism Event

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Media and ENC’s counter terrorism event

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“Turkey-EU Cooperation in Counter-terrorism: Challenges of ISIS and PKK” was held in Brussels on the 9th of July, one day after official counter terrorism talks between Turkey and the EU ended with successful progress.

Due to the relevant topic and the high profile speakers, several news articles were written about the event and the importance of further non-governmental involvement in counter-terrorism between Turkey and the EU.

Some of the articles included:

Several expert panels brought together a group of civil society counter terrorism experts and high profile speakers from academia and EU institutions from both Turkey and the EU. The event was hosted by the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) and the Center for Middle Eastern and Strategic Studies (ORSAM).