Lobbying in the EU: How to represent and defend your interests in Brussels

Venue: Le Chatelain All Suite Hotel

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event Date/Time: Mar 27, 2006 End Date/Time: Mar 28, 2006
Registration Date: Mar 27, 2006
Early Registration Date: Feb 15, 2006
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Epsilon's Lobbying in the EU workshops have an international reputation for their quality and tangible value. Epsilon has taken its skills and knowledge to Istanbul, Warsaw and of course Brussels, where delegates and their organisations have benefited from the vast experience and approachable style of the speakers.

This workshop is organised in partnership with Grayling Political Strategy and run by Mr. Russell Patten, Chief Executive of Grayling Brussels and the President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Brussels.

This 1 and a half day workshop has been specifically designed to cater for individuals who are not always able to take extended periods away from the office, but who still require, whether on behalf of their organisations or personally, a relevant and timely forum where the way Europe works, the role of the lobbyist in the decision-making process and how best to represent and defend interests in Brussels, is explained in a concise and accessible manner.

This workshop is based around 4 core elements:

- the EU institutional landscape
- the relations between these institutions
- the decision-making processes, and
- the ways to work and influence the system

Day 1 will introduce you to the institutions, the decision-making procedures and illustrate with the use of case studies, how to put an effective lobbying strategy together. Complimenting Russell Patten's extensive experience will be a guest speaker (tbc).

Day 1 Evening: Dinner with guest* – The evening dinner is optional and is charged at a rate of €60+VAT per person. Please note, if you would like to attend the dinner, please contact us direct before making your payment. Places are limited at the table and we wish to ensure correct processing of your details.

Day 2 is a practical session where you will work with your group to produce a lobbying campaign based around a particular piece of legislation. This will be supported by our industry guest speaker who will present their expert knowledge and experience (tbc). Day 2 finishes at 13.00hrs, allowing you to return to your office if based in Brussels and the surrounding areas.

The result of attending this workshop is a rounded, well-informed appreciation of how the EU works, how it will possibly develop given the current political landscape, and where your role as stakeholder fits within the decision-making process. Crucially, you will come away understanding how best to promote your cause and position - something with a real and tangible value.

Previous Delegate Comments

'I got so much from this workshop - it gave me an insight into the role of a lobbyist and how I can defend the interests of my organisation at EU and member state level.'

'The workshop was useful and fun!'

'Russell Patten - Great Job!'


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Additional Information

The prices for this 1 and a half day workshop are designed to be as cost effective for you as possible. We have discounts for NGO representatives and for those booking early: Corporate Rate - €725 Corporate Early Bird Rate - €625 Reduced Rate - €495* Reduced Early Bird Rate - €395 Please contact us before registering if you wish to attend the evening dinner on the 27th of March (Day 1). Places are limited at the table and we wish to ensure correct processing of your details. The above prices exclude Belgian VAT at 21%. *We offer a reduced rate to corporate organisations originating from new EU member states or from countries in Eastern Europe, and from the following not for profit bodies: NGOs, associations, political representatives and academics. Please contact us direct to discuss group rate booking discounts (3 or more delegates). We reserve the right to verify discount status. Please note: Speaker and dinner guests are yet to be confirmed. Further information will be made available here and delegates will be informed as soon as information becomes available.