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SETTEMBRI P., HERMANIN C. & WORTH J. - Negotiation and Decision-Making in the EU : A Simulation Game (50h)

This course empowers students to play an active role in a EU negotiation based on a real legislative proposal and aimed at reaching a credible outcome. In doing so they experience in a lively and concrete manner how multilateral negotiations operate within and between EU institutions under the ordinary legislative procedure. While acquainting themselves with the process and techniques of negotiation and decision-making, the students also observe the ways in which factors such as time pressure, expertise, credibility, emotions, informality or personality can affect outcomes.

The course is divided in two main parts: the preparatory phase (October-November) and the simulation proper (January-February). It consists of a complementary mix of theoretical notions and practical tasks. The game takes place on the basis of a real Commission proposal still under discussion at EU level at the time of the exercise.

The simulation includes the main players involved in the real EU decision-making process under the ordinary legislative procedure, including selected stakeholders. It therefore counts on the participation of representatives of the Commission, of all EU Member States and of Members of the European Parliament coming from all political groups (and reflecting their relative size) as well as journalists and representatives of relevant interests.

The negotiation takes place at the initial stage of the ordinary legislative procedure when the co-legislators have the opportunity to find an agreement at first reading or early second reading. The bulk of the negotiations take place within the responsible EP committee and in Coreper. The students enjoy a large degree of autonomy in organising their time and arranging meetings with a view to reaching a credible outcome.

This course is offered by professors Pierpaolo SETTEMBRI, Constanza HERMANIN & Jon WORTH

Fiche ECTS du cours.

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