Policy development and coordination for European integration in EU candidate and potential candidate countries
The course will look at the legal bases and institutional set-up of relations between the EU and its candidate and potential candidate countries. 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.
1 September 2023: the course opens with a self-study component
3 – 6 October 2023: 4-day online live sessions with the expert, Adam Łazowski
Location: Online formula (a self-study component followed by online live sessions)
Number of hours for the ETGN Certificate: 18
Training delivered by: Adam Łazowski
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 look on Association Agreements and their implementation by the EU neighbours. The center of gravity will be on candidate/potential candidate countries from the Western Balkans as well as Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. The program will start with an overview of bilateral relations, leading up to the analysis of respective Association Agreements. It will then lead to law approximation, which is at the heart of rapprochement. Such a broad overview will serve as a foundation for sessions dedicated to the development of European integration policy and its coordination by the state authorities. Preparations for accession negotiations will be an important element of discussions. 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 the involvement of 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, advanced 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, Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia.