Introduction to the course
Location: Online formula
Number of hours for the ETGN Certificate: 18
Training delivered by: Adam Łazowski
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The course will look at the legal bases and institutional set-up of relations between the EU and countries of the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership. | The course will look at the legal bases and institutional set-up of relations between the EU and countries of the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership. It will explore their evolution, key elements, objectives and instruments (incl. financial). It will also discuss the institutional architecture for domestic policy coordination and decision-making in EU matters. The course will cover the following topics:
· EU relations with its neighbours
· Association Agreements and their implementation, including EU financial instruments
· Development and Co-ordination of EI policy, including for the accession negotiations
The course will focus on Association Agreements and their implementation by the EU neighbours. The centre of gravity will be on candidate/potential candidate countries as well as Eastern Partnership states, which have recently signed the Association Agreements with the European Union. The programme will start with an overview of bilateral relations, leading up to analysis of respective Association Agreements. It will then lead on to law approximation, which is at the heart of rapprochement. Such a broad overview will serve as a foundation for sessions dedicated to development of European integration policy and its co-ordination by the state authorities. Preparations for accession negotiations will also be discussed in this context. The lectures will offer a practical overview of existing models of coordination and equip participants with knowledge of do’s and don’ts. Attention will be paid to policy planning and monitoring. In this context options and practices in involvement of the civil society will be discussed. Participants will also learn about EU policy documents and how they should be read and turned into practice. During the third part of the training the participants will work in groups on problem solving exercises. For that purpose advance reading materials will be provided before the training. Finally, the course will present an overview of the political and social dynamics and the role of civil society in the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership countries.