On 20 July 2022, the College of Europe closed another successful edition of its summer courses. With more than 220 participants gathering in Bruges and 80 connected online, professionals coming both...
Towards effective negotiations
14-18 November 2022 / Bruges, Belgium
The purpose of this five-day training course is to provide participants with a practical insight into the negotiation mechanisms and dynamics between and within the EU institutions. Our high-level trainers will give them the necessary tools and guidance to enhance their negotiation, communication, influencing and lobbying skills.
Our course trainers, who all have first-hand experience of negotiations at the highest level or in-depth negotiation analysis, will teach participants how to become successful and strategic negotiators within the political and legal structures of the EU.
The course combines different learning approaches:
- Interactive training sessions examining theoretical and practical aspects of negotiations and the specificities of the EU decision-making process: the theory and practice of international negotiations; mechanics and dynamics of the EU Institutions; EU decision-making structures; influencing the EU from outside.
- Simulation exercises based on real dossiers where you will take over the role of a negotiator in the Council of the European Union and the United Nations and will be confronted with actual conditions and constraints of the official decision-making procedures.
- Workshops designed to identify, develop and practise negotiation, communication and other essential skills: communication techniques and strategies; negotiation skills; lobbying strategies.
- Comprehensive feedback sessions to assess one's negotiation style and identify areas for improvement.
Why this course?
Through this programme, participants will have an opportunity to:
- Improve their knowledge of the dynamics and mechanics of EU decision-making processes;
Participate in several exercises, including simulation games based on real dossiers handled by the EU and the United Nations;
Experience the role of a negotiator in the Council of the European Union during a one-day simulation game;
Practise their communications skills;
- Receive feedback and targeted guidance on how to improve their negotiation skills;
- Enjoy a unique opportunity to debate and extend their personal and professional network;
- Receive a certificate from the College of Europe upon successful completion.