Brussels Study Tour

20 Feb, 2019

Brussels Study Tour

16 & 17 May 2019

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.

Provisional Agenda

Day 1

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

17:30 Break

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

Day 2

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

Event Location


or simply email requesting to attend.

Public Affairs Council Members: $1250
Non-members: $1550

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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