EU Affairs

Seminars are tailor-made for EU member state diplomats and national representatives called upon to act at Council meetings and/or in the framework of their Council presidency. CENAD has been working closely with previous Council Presidencies and EU institutions, which guarantees “real-world” up-to-date information.
These trainings aim at developing a complete set of tools in identifying and practicing the techniques promoting efficient management in various European decision-making environments.

Tailor-made Trainings:

  • Negotiation and Presidency Competence and Skills Training
  • Inter-Institutional Negotiations: Co-decision and Trilogues
  • Council Presidency Preparation
  • Specialized Techniques for Council and Committees
  • Accession Negotiation Training
  • Fine-tuning Tactics and Techniques for EU meetings
  • Negotiating skillfully in Europe and at home

Teaching Methodology

With a ‘learning by doing’ method, seminars are highly participatory with a mix of presentations and simulation exercises.

Various negotiating forums encountered in European negotiation contexts and their institutional frameworks will be emphasized.

Video recording and analysis with personal feedback are central to all trainings.


Participants will be better equipped to plan for and conduct their future “real-world” meetings, with enhanced negotiating skills and improved self-confidence. Moreover, the programme will bring participants:

  • The ability to successfully play an efficient role in Council meetings and/or specifically for their member state Presidency
  • The necessary tactical skills for defining and implementing a strategic approach to the Presidency generally, and their Council meetings specifically
  • The specific negotiation and presidency techniques combined with personal skills with the opportunity of putting them into actual practice with immediate expert feed-back and analysis
  • Identifying and applying appropriate negotiation techniques and skills relevant to working party meetings and informal trilogues
  • Developing a smooth working relationship and strengthening the partnership with the Council Secretariat, European Commission, EEAS and European Parliament