EU Lobbying Workshop 2005

Venue: Stanhope Hotel

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event Date/Time: Feb 28, 2005 End Date/Time: Mar 02, 2005
Early Registration Date: Jan 24, 2005
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28th February - 2nd March 2005
The Stanhope Hotel, Brussels

Structured into units that are repeated twice a year, EU Conferences lobbying workshops have been created in direct response to the requirement for greater access to expert knowledge and information concerning the European lobbying processes.

This course will combine both theoretical and practical perspectives and will explore lobbying as part of our democratic system. It will demystify the reality and demonstrate the ever growing need for civil society and business to voice their concerns and defend their interests.

As part of the workshop, EU Conferences are in the process of securing both a visit and lunch to the European Parliament and to the Commission, and further details will be communicated once available to those expressing an interest in attending the workshop.

Facilitating the workshop is Lieselotte Feldmann who runs tips@EU, providing as the main activity, professional training courses focusing on EU decision making, and Russell Patten, Chief executive of Grayling Brussels. Together they offer a wealth of experience coupled with an intellectual rigor, and their experience of facilitating lobbying seminars, conferences and workshops means the delivery of the material will be conducted in a relaxed, friendly and accessible manner..

You can contact the workshop producer James Wilmott at or alternatively call +44 1495 300013.

NB. Please note that this is a provisional agenda. Site visits are yet to be confirmed.


Additional Information

EU Conferences Lobbying Workshop February 2005 The Stanhope Hotel, Brussels Day 1: 28.02.05 Day 2: 01.03.05 Day 3: 02.03.05 The Stanhope Hotel, Brussels Workshop ref: LOBM105 Lobbying - M1: 3 day workshop Day 1 proceedings (28.02.05) 9.00am - Registration and coffee Unit 1: Understanding the EU Commission and the EU Council Lieselotte Feldmann, tips@EU Morning: 9.30 to 11.30 o The European Commission - Its main role and functioning o The Commission as initiator of EU policies and legislation. o The internal development of a Commission proposal: necessary elements/rules to know in order to influence this process. o The negotiations of a Commission proposal and the co-decision procedure: What is the role of the Commission in relation to the other institutions? Coffee Break: 11.30 to 11.45 11.45 to 13.00 o The Council - Its main role and functioning o The Council, its role in the co-decision procedure and its relationship with the European Parliament and the Commission. o Practical exercises. Lunch: 13.00 to 14.00 Afternoon: 14.00 to 15.00 o Cont. The Council + practical exercises. 15.30 to 17.30 o Visit to the European Commission. Day 2 proceedings (01.03.05) Unit 2: Understanding the European Parliament Lieselotte Feldmann, tips@EU Welcome Coffee: 9.00 to 9.30 Morning: 9.30 to 12.30 o The European Parliament - Its main roles and functions. o The main structure of the EP. o The committees. o Key persons. o The administration of the EP. o Its role in the co-decision procedure. o Parliament and the Council: Where does the power lie? Afternoon: 13.40 to 17.00 o Activity - Visit and lunch at Parliament (tbc). Day 3 proceedings (02.03.05) Unit 3: Constructing and implementing a successful lobbying campaign Russell Patten, Chief Executive, Grayling Political Strategy Welcome Coffee: 9.00 to 9.30 Morning: 9.30 to 11.00 o Practical sessions on the process of putting together a lobbying strategy and campaign, utilising the knowledge and skills gained in previous sessions and supported by our expert in lobbying. Coffee Break: 11.00 to 11.15 11.15 to 13.00 o Practical session continued. Lunch: 13.00 to 14.00 Afternoon: 14.00 to 15.00 o The impact of new member states on the decision-making process. o The constitutional treaty and the decision-making process. o Lobbying outside Brussels - the importance of engagement with parliaments of member states, national administrators and other national stakeholders. Coffee Break: 15.00 to 15.15 15.15 to 17.00 o Lessons learned from previous lobbying campaigns. o The future of public affairs. End of workshop Workshop Summary Day 1 Morning - The European Commission: This session sets out the general framework for future sessions and will look at both the EU Commission and the Council by providing a practical understanding of the functioning of the two institutions. During the morning, delegates will explore the role and function of the Commission, its relationships with other EU institutions and also its role in the co-decision procedure, the main EU decision-making process. Day 1 Afternoon - The Council: Focus shifts to the Council and its relationship with Parliament and the Commission. This will be accompanied by some practical exercises and discussion to reinforce the day's experience with a visit to the Commission later in the day. The visit will consist of a presentation and discussion and will last no longer than two hours. It is advised that delegates attend both the morning and the afternoon sessions in order to gain a fuller understanding of the Commission. The visit, while comprehensive, is an element of the course and not a whole in itself. Day 2 Morning - European Parliament: This session will look at the European Parliament in depth and explore all the key elements in the decision-making process in an interactive way by involving the participants. Day 2 Afternoon - Site visit and lunch at Parliament: Delegates will have the opportunity to view the reality of what they have learned by visiting Parliament, to also meet MEPs, and to sit in on a committee meeting. Day 3 Morning - Simulation Exercise: "EU Lobbying: Demystifying the Reality - Demonstrating the Democratic Necessity" - A practical introduction and simulation exercise". The purpose of this theoretical and practical course is to explain that lobbying is part of our democratic system and to demystify the reality and demonstrate the ever growing need for civil society and business to voice their concerns and defend their interests. The course is broken down into two parts: the first provides a theoretical/academic background to how lobbying has developed in Europe. We first look at lobbying as an activity and how it has come about, looking at the perceptions of lobbying and what it means in today's society. The course provides a methodology of how to lobby: it is a simple guide of how to tackle an issue/a problem. The course will go into detail on how to use the methodology and how to apply it to any given situation. The methodology will be used by the participants in the second part of the course when they undertake a lobbying simulation exercise. Participants will be given a case to prepare and will be divided into two to three groups, each defending a different position (for example one group representing the industry, another a consumer group and another could be a particular Member State or a third interested party). The simulation exercise will be presented to the participants on the day as there is no requirement to study before. The key is to apply the methodology. Participants will be given 3 hours to work in their groups. They will be required to put together a presentation and will have to elect a leader, a time keeper/note taker and a presenter(s). Each group will then be asked to present in no more than 15 minutes their lobbying campaign. The campaigns will be judged on the application of the methodology, the creativity used, and group interaction to see whether synergies and coalitions could be found. Day 3 Afternoon - Current lobbying climate: The afternoon session takes a more general view of the current lobbying climate, but does focus on key aspects that can and will impact on these decision-making processes. Topical and relevant, the delegate will understand the impact of enlargement, that is, the increase in potential lobbyists within the Commission, Council and Parliament circles, with a look at the comparable opportunities on offer through the lobbying of delegate's own member state parliaments at both regional and national level. The afternoon session will look at case studies of previous lobbying campaigns and what the future of public affairs and lobbying holds. The above text details the proposed programme and is correct at the time of publication (10.12.04). As such, EU Conferences reserves the right to amend this programme without consultation. All registered delegates will be informed as soon as is possible of any alterations made to this programme.