Guide through the EU Labyrinth


19 March 2020

18 June 2020


2 Place du Luxembourg-Brussels


595 € (+VAT)*

*Includes a copy of the following books: ‘Comitology: hijacking European power?’ and ‘Handbook on EU Secondary Legislation’


Pre-legislative phase: policy-making and upstream advocacy

• From communications over impact assessments & consultations to the drafting of legislative proposals
• Who is who in this process?

Drafting EU legislation: the monopoly of initiative of the EU Commission

• Who is who within the EU Commission
• Competences of the EU Commission
• Internal decision-making process and working ethos
• Formal and informal means of engaging with the EU Commission

Legislative phase: the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers

European Parliament:
• Competences and powers
• Key actors involved in the process
• Internal decision-making (committees (lead and opinion-giving), plenary)
• Voting in the European Parliament

Council of Ministers:
• Competences and powers
• Key actors in the process (COREPER, working parties, Permanent Representations)
• Internal decision-making
• Voting in the Council

Legislative phase: the importance of trilogues in the Ordinary Legislative Procedure

• Interaction between European Parliament and Council of Ministers: trilogues
• Role of the EU Commission in the legislative process
• 1st reading: almost 100% of EU legislation is adopted
• 2nd reading and conciliation: their relevance in the current ordinary legislative procedure?
• How to intervene in and influence the ordinary legislative procedure and the actors involved

Implementing phase of EU decision-making (comitology): an overview

• Delegated acts: the Commission in the driver seat
• Implementing acts: examination procedure and appeal committee
• Integrating comitology in advocacy on legislative proposals