Leadership Architecture: The Multiple Presidencies
This course explains the tasks and relationships at the ‘top’ of the EU. It is directed equally at newcomers to EU affairs or the EU institutions, as well as at practitioners seeking to refresh and update their knowledge on the institutional set-up and in particular on relations between the President of the European Council, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Commission President and the rotating Presidency.
This course analyses the current leadership architecture in the European Union, namely the ‘pyramid’ formed by the President of the European Council, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Commission President and the rotating Presidency. We look into:
• post descriptions in the Treaties and implementing acts;
• working methods and relations among the actors;
• practices established since the Lisbon Treaty entered into force.
The added value of the course is that it looks beyond the composition and tasks by also reviewing working methods, i.e. the programming and flow of documents, including the actors involved in the process.
After the course, participants will be able to clearly understand the difference and division of tasks between the actors holding the leading positions in the EU, as well as gaining an understanding of what the rules prescribe and how the holders of the offices have managed to shape their roles and their relations since the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force.
Decision Making Process;
Dr Sabina Lange is Lecturer at EIPA, and a Senior Fellow of Maastricht University. She specializes in decision-making in the EU and in interinstitutional relations, in particular in external action policies and with regard to delegated and implementing acts. Since 2009 she has been training Member States’ officials in programmes for preparation of future rotating Council Presidencies, and has given regular courses in the European Commission, the European Parliament, the General Secretariat of the Council and EU Agencies. She has been a consultant for the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions.
She is co-editor of European Union for A to Z (Uradni list 2009, in Slovenian) with Damjan Lajh, and the author of Evolution of European foreign policy (FDV 2008, in Slovenian), and has published numerous articles on the role of the rotating Council Presidency as well as on Slovenian foreign and European policies. She has been national researcher for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) between 2010 and 2015. Since October 2015 she is Senior Associate Analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), where she deals with institutional issues in EU external action and with security and foreign policy issues related to Western Balkans.
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