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EU negotiation

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Programme of classes in Summer Term 2024

Classes will start in the week from 4 March 2024.  

March 6th  – Introduction, what is the EU negotiation process.

March 13th – Stages, forms and instruments of EU negotiations at a glance

March 20th – Negotiation techniques in a nutshell

March 27th – Role of the Commission

April  3rd – Role of the Member States

April 10th – Role of the European Parliament

April 17th – Role of relevant stakeholders (advisory bodies, lobby, NGOs, media, 3rd countries) and ways to use them in EU negotiation

April 24th – Trilogues – a pratical arrangement or space for shady deals?

May 15th – wrap up, possible future changes in EU negotiation, preparations for the simulation exercise (to take place during the exam period)


The seminar is aimed at gaining practical as well as relevant theoretical knowledge of negotiations at the EU level by means of both real-life examples as well as a simulation excercise. The seminar will cover relevant formal and informal aspects of the ordinary legislative procedure in the EU all the way to final negotiations in the trilogue as well as stakeholder involvement, media coverage and 3rd country influence.

The leader of the seminar is PhDr. Jan Havlík, M.A., former director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Czech Republic and former negotiator of the Czech Republic in the EU.