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Online Tutorial - EU Law for Non-lawyers: Decision-making procedures for the adoption of EU law (Module 2)

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This module explores the roles and competences of the institutions (European Commission, Council of the EU, European Parliament) in the preparation and negotiation of legal instruments which will become binding EU law.

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SKU: 20504022 Categories: EU Law, EU Policies, Law and Practice Tags: comitology, Court of Justice, decision-making, EU directives, EU governance, EU law, EU law-making, EU Legal System, EU Legislation, infringement procedure, Internal Market, non-lawyers

About this course

Decision-making procedures for the adoption of EU law

This module explores the roles and competences of the institutions (European Commission, Council of the EU, European Parliament) in the preparation and negotiation of legal instruments which will become binding EU law. It also describes in detail the interaction of these three institutions in the formal procedures for the adoption of EU law (legislative procedures, and procedures for the adoption of delegated and implementing acts). Finally, it also casts light on the informal negotiations in the procedures and on the variety strategies that non-institutional actors (i.e. interest representation, NGOs, professional federations) can resort to in order to present their own interests throughout the procedures.

Course methodology and enrolment modalities

The tutorial will be delivered online (synchronous training via ZOOM). Participants will be able to interact with experts through the chat functionality of the ZOOM platform, or at the various Q&A periods following each respective content session.

This module is part of a three-day tutorial. The tutorial is divided into modules to offer you flexibility in adapting it to your needs. If you prefer to attend one of the other modules, you can click on Module 1 The EU legal system and the relations between EU law and national law or Module 3 The EU judicial system and enforcement of EU law, or you can attend the full three-day tutorial.

If you are interested in a combination of modules, please register separately for these modules and your invoice will be adjusted in line with the stated registration fees.

What you will learn in this course

Private individuals, professionals of companies and the non-governmental sector, and civil servants (of both Member States and candidate countries) are obliged to deal with various entities or organs of the EU administration and go through a plethora of EU documents in the accomplishment of their routine professional tasks (legal approximation efforts, participation in EU projects, EU funding, litigation, etc.).

This online tutorial aims at providing these professionals with a clear overview of the EU, its structure, regulatory competences and internal procedures. It will also help them to navigate through the jungle of various legal acts that are adopted at the EU level and to gain confidence when reading and analysing EU law-related documents. In addition, they will receive a systematised knowledge of the EU decision-making process and become familiar with different ways of challenging breaches of EU law before the Court of Justice of the EU.

Clara Cotroneo

EU Internal and External Security / EU Public Sector Management

Petra Jeney

Freedom Security and Justice

Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz

EU Law

Practical information

Online Course

For this online course we make use of Zoom

Programme Organiser

Ms Stéphanie Gemnig Comodi

Tel: +352 426 230 301


EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?

Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.


Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.


Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy

For administrative reasons you will be charged € 50 for cancellations received within 7 days before the activity begins.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 1 week before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed.

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The programme


Decision-making procedures for the adoption of EU law




EU policy cycle: Powers and roles of EU institutions

This presentation will provide an introduction to the different stages of the EU policymaking process. The main focus will be on the role of the European Commission at the stage of the preparation of legislative acts as well as on the internal workings of the Council and the European Parliament at the stage of the adoption of these acts. In addition, the interaction between the three institutions will be presented to emphasise their roles and powers in negotiating legislation.

Clara Cotroneo, Lecturer, EIPA Luxembourg - European Centre for Judges and Lawyers


Q&A session in the virtual chat room




EU procedures for the preparation and adoption of legislative acts

This session will deal with the typology of EU legislative procedures: the ordinary and the special legislative procedures. The ordinary procedure, which is the usual one to enact legislation, will be presented in more detail. Participants will also learn more about the negotiation and the interaction between different institutions at the different phases of these procedures. This session will also explain the European Citizens Initiative procedure and comment on the role of national parliaments in the adoption of EU legislation.

Petra Jeney, Senior Lecturer, EIPA Luxembourg - European Centre for Judges and Lawyers


Q&A session in the virtual chat room


Lunch break


EU procedures for the preparation and adoption of delegated and implementing acts

This session will make a clear differentiation between the two types of EU executive acts (delegated and implementing acts) and place them within the system of hierarchy of norms of the EU. It will also illustrate, by means of examples, in which situations it is best to use each of them. Finally, it will comment on the particular decision-making procedures which are followed to adopt delegated and implementing acts, respectively.

Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz


Q&A session in the virtual chat room




Workshop: Identifying and analysing delegated and implementing acts

Participants and Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz


Conclusions/End of day


European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

Het Europees instituut voor bestuurskunde (beter bekend als The European Institute of Public Administration - ofwel EIPA) streeft ernaar om de kennis van ambtenaren die zich met de EU bezighouden te vergroten door het ontwikkelen en organiseren van trainingen. Het instituut wil wetenschappelijke kennis en praktische 'know–how' met elkaar verbinden. EIPA bestaat al meer dan 35 jaar.

Het hoofdkantoor van EIPA is gevestigd in Maastricht en heeft dependances in Luxemburg en Barcelona. Gemiddeld nemen 14.000 nationale en Europese ambtenaren per jaar deel aan de trainingen. Daarnaast biedt EIPA ook consultancy, onderzoek en op maat gemaakte programma’s/trainingen aan. Bij EIPA werken circa 120 hoogopgeleide medewerkers.


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