The Council of the European Union and the European Council
This course explains the work of the European Council and Council 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 Council and the European Council, especially relating to the changes following the implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon.
This course presents in detail the basic features of the Council and the European Council. It addresses each of them with regard to their:
• working methods.
The Council is covered in more detail than the European Council. The added value of the course is that it looks beyond the composition and tasks by also reviewing working methods, i.e. 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 European Council and the Council, as well as gaining an understanding of the life of a dossier in the Council machinery and being able to identify the relevant actors in different stages of the dossier.
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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