The Brussels study tour is a unique opportunity for public affairs senior executives to have a first-hand immersive experience in the European Union’s public affairs, advocacy and lobby environment right before the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections.
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The study tour comprises visits to the main EU institutions, informal conversations with senior public officials and advisors, as well as briefing sessions by PAC experts and public affairs managers with a solid knowledge of interest representation in Brussels.
Who is it for?
Public affairs professionals working in the US, Europe or Asia with interest in the changing political and advocacy landscape in the EU. All sectors and industries are welcome as the program focuses on how-to’s, best practices, networking, and open discussion with professionals on the ground.
- How the EU works in practice
- Channeling your interests into the EU decision- and policy-making process
- The European Parliament elections — context, scenarios, impact
- Lobbying the EU from multiple perspectives:
- Meeting with senior corporate lobbyists
- Discussions with trade association directors
- Understanding EU-focused NGOs
- Meeting with European Commission, European Parliament and other officials/diplomats
- Media in Brussels: what to consider when engaging with journalists
- EU funding opportunities for corporations
- International organizations in Brussels : UN, World Bank, …
9:00 Overview of key EU institutions & agencies [presentation by PAC]
- European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Ministers
- EU agencies, advisory, financial and consultative EU institutions
- How to lobby EU institutions: transparency, ethics and tips
10:30 Coffee & networking break
10:45 Influencing EU decision-making: How it works in practice [3 panelists]
- Discussion with senior EU public affairs professionals
- Navigating the EU legal and administrative procedures, incl. “comitology”
- What works and what doesn’t in the EU context
12:30 Lunch break (in Place du Luxembourg) with guest speaker from EP or NGO
14:00 Guided visit to, and presentation of the European Parliament by a current or former MEP
- How does the European Parliament work, and how to influence MEPs?
- An insider’s perspective on context, trends and scenarios for the May 2019 elections
16:30 Accessing EU funds: research funds and other opportunities for corporations
- Forms of funding available for research, regional projects, staff training, relocation
- Understanding EU project lifecycles, financing methods and timelines
19:30 Dinner with a guest speaker [journalist from FT, Reuters or other]
- Transatlantic links: state of affairs between the US and the EU
- The new EU political setup: what to expect for 2019-2024
21:30 End of day 1
9:00 Visit to the Romanian/Dutch/German/… Permanent Representation in Brussels
- National channels to influence EU-level policy and decision-making
- European Councils and Summits – a “peek behind the curtains”
- The rotating presidency and its role in shaping the agenda
10:45 Visit to the European Commission SEC GEN, or DG GROW or DG SANTE
- The European Commission’s importance in shaping technical files
- Impact assessments, discussions with industry, stakeholder input, expertise
- If time allows, participants could attend the EC Midday press briefing (around 12:00)
12:45 Lunch with a senior PA executive from an international corporation in Brussels (PAC member)
- Challenges & opportunities of interest representation in Brussels
- The importance of alliances and coalition building
- The EU and international businesses — partners or adversaries?
14:30 International organizations in Brussels: The World Bank
- How do global organizations work with EU institutions?
- The role and opportunities of the private sector on EU and regional/local levels
16:00 Reception at PAC’s European office and end of the study tour
Public Affairs Council Members: $1250
Register by 24 March and get a 10% early-bird discount
Make three days of it: Register for our summit on 15 May and get a 10% discount on this study tour on 16/17 May.
Maximum discount is 10%
Prices exclude VAT @ 21%
The fee includes: attending the programs, meals where indicated, course handouts, transport where necessary
Not included are: accommodation, other local transport and personal expenses.
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