General Overview

EIPA Maastricht

At the headquarters' offices, EIPA has three Units dealing respectively with:

European Decision-Making

EIPA's European Decision-Making Unit helps public officials to understand the complex processes that shape decisions at a European level, and to learn how they can participate effectively in them.

The courses focus on the EU Institutions, legislative procedures and non-legislative approaches, as well as the role of European agencies and other actors at EU level. The training activities are supported by applied research. The Unit also aims to contribute to broader debate within the European policy community about the institutional structures for European integration and the evolution of European governance.

Core modules
The training activities on European Decision-Making revolve around a package of regular seminar series:

  • Understanding Decision-Making: a global approach, providing an update on the EU Institutions and explaining both legislative and non-legislative procedures.
  • Delegated and Implementing Acts: insight into the new arrangements for non-legislative acts which were introduced by the Lisbon Treaty.
  • European Negotiations: practical training modules on the specific negotiation techniques required to influence and participate in Council preparatory bodies.
  • The Presidency Challenge: training in ways to prepare for managing the Presidency and in the practicalities of chairing Council working groups.
  • EU Information Management: improving knowledge of EU information sources and communications strategies, and abilities to use them effectively.
  • Better Regulation: general seminars on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of policy interventions, as well as specific training courses on impact assessment.


European Public Management

European integration and ongoing changes in the European arena have a significant impact on public administration in the Member States. At EIPA, the European Public Management Unit deals with the question of how these issues influence the public administrations in the European Union.

This EIPA Unit offers courses on topics such as change management, quality management and the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), human resources, coordination and implementation, customer satisfaction, private sector relations, leadership and e-Government. The Unit also provides research and consultancy services on areas such as best practices.

Core modules
The training activities in the European Public Management Unit revolve around a package of regular seminar series:
  • Change Management: discusses skills and competences and offers a portfolio of knowledge to address the role of leadership in managing change for public officials from all levels of public administration.
  • Communication: highly practical and skills-focused communication training.
  • Human Resources: exchange of good practices and experiences in the field of HR management.
  • Equality and Non-Discrimination: presents the European Commission strategy on Non-Discrimination and compares the implementation's action in some of the Member States.
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPP): regular seminars providing news of the latest legislative and other developments in PPP including practical experience in the process of
    financing, planning, procuring and managing a PPP.
  • Public Service Delivery: focuses on major trends and comparative methods of public services delivery
  • Project Cycle Management (PCM): explains the PCM approach by focusing on theoretical and practical analysis of all project phases, including programming, identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring, reporting, evaluation and audit. 
  • Tools for National Implementation: focuses on specific political, legal and project managerial aspects of implementing EU law at the Member State level.
  • eGovernment: focuses on the multiple aspects of eGovernment, such as the organisational management to maintain back-office and front-office coordination, and the move towards organisational culture of shared services through networking and the exchange of information.

European Policies

The European Policies Unit is EIPA's centre of expertise on the internal market, public procurement, competition and state aid, structural funds and regional policy, external relations (CFSP/ENP) and trade, environmental policy and climate change and migration.

This Unit has a broad range of activities which can be divided into the following categories: seminars organised in Maastricht, seminars organised in the Member States that request them, advisory and consultancy services, research and publications.

Core modules
The main modules of the European Policies Unit are the following: 
  • European Public Procurement: We offer general seminars for practitioners and special seminars on topics such as the Remedies Directive, recent legislative initiatives and defence procurement. 
  • Cohesion Policy and Structural Funds: Our activities cover the programming and management of Structural Funds and the application of the relevant regulations.
  • State Aid: We provide a variety of seminars ranging from basic training on State Aid rules to specialised master classes based on analysis of important Commission decisions and Court rulings.
  • Environmental Policy: Our seminars explain the management and coordination of European Environmental Policy within national administrations.
  • External Relations (CFSP/ENP): We organise training for diplomats and other EU officials covering various aspects of diplomatic practice, regional challenges and horizontal issues such as counter-terrorism and the European Neighbourhood Policy.
  • Migration: Our seminars explain EU rules and their implementation and assess the major policy challenges on management of migrants.

Request tailor-made courses

On the bases of the core modules, we develop tailor-made courses for clients. It also develops new areas of activity beyond the established fields and engages in research, both to ensure the quality of training and to contribute to scientific knowledge.