Trainer: Eric Maurice


Opening – 2H

The EU, a political and institutional UFO

Competences and subsidiarity

Institutional triangle (with a 4th side: EUCO)

Other institutions and bodies

The decision-making process

+ Exchange with students

1/ European Commission – 2H

Role and tasks

Appointment and composition

Organisation and functioning

– College and commissioners cabinets

– Secretariat-General and DGs

Law planning and preparation

– From guidelines to work programme

– Roadmap and assessments

– Drafting

Who is involved and when

– Stakeholders consultation

– Groups of experts

– Public consultations

The 4 decision-making procedures

Legislation feedback: the REFIT platform

– Working method and procedures

– REFIT scoreboard and opinions

2/ European Parliament – 2H

Role and tasks


– Number of MEPs and political groups

– Committees

– Political and other bodies

The Parliament’s 3 powers

Legislative procedures

– First and second reading

– Committee work (process and players)

– Plenary debate and vote

Budgetary procedure

3/ Council of the EU and European Council – 2H

Role and tasks


– Number of members

– Configurations

– Rotating presidency

Voting rules

Working methods

– Preparatory bodies

– Trio and Presidency programmes

– Council meetings (agenda, public debates)

4/ Ordinary Legislative Procedure – 2H

Domains under OLP


Submission of legislation

First reading

Second reading


Third reading

5/ lmplementing and Delegated Acts – 2H

– Origin and definition

– Place in the legal process

– Mechanisms (comitology)

6/ ECB, Court of Justice, EU bodies and agencies – 1H


– Role in the the EU architecture

Committee of Regions, EESC

EU agencies

– Agencies with role in regulation (EFSA, ECHA, EMA, EBA…)

Ending – 2H

Summary session


– Passing an EU law