EPIC - the European Policy Information Centre


New Developments in the European Union 
Island of Hvar, Croatia
September 28 - October 2, 2020

Summer School 
New Developments in the European Union   
Island of Hvar, Croatia 
September 28 - October 2, 2020


In September 2020, EPIC will be holding its 17th annual summer school, organised in collaboration with GIZ - the Gesellschaft fuer internationale Zusammenarbeit - as well as the Service for Knowledge Transfer at Croatia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The course is designed for governmental officials from across the Western Balkan region but is also open to representatives from public administrations, business, law, finance, the media, or non-governmental organisations. The summer school takes place at the Labranda Senses Resort in the beautiful town of Vrboska on the island of Hvar.

In case you require any further information on this event, please contact :
Dr Andreas Staab
Managing Director
EPIC - the European Policy Information Centre
+44 208 444 7970 


Course Agenda. Summer School September 2020



The summer school focuses on the challenges that governments in the region are facing in light of their upcoming accession to the European Union. These processes include administrative and organisational challenges emanating from the interaction with EU institutions, but also policy challenges such as migration or the environment. Officials from the government of Croatia are lending their expertise gained from holding the EU Presidency. The course will adopt a mixture of lectures and pro-active learning experiences and workshops. The course agenda is subject to change but aims to address the following topics:

  • Brexit: What's it like to leave the EU?
  • Populism and the EU's democratic deficit
  • Negotiation, Interest Representation and Interaction with the EU 
  • The EU Presidency: Lessons Learned
  • The Commission Agenda 2020-2024
  • The EU Budget 2021-2027
  • A new method for Enlargement
  • Covid-19 and Public Health at EU level 
  • Covid-19 and the Governance of the Eurozone
  • A Global Approach to Migration and Mobility
  • Communication Skills  




Schedule Summer School 2020



Monday September 28:  

19.00 Welcome Reception  

Tuesday September 29: 

09.00 - 09.30   Opening Address

09.30 - 10.30   Populism and the EU's Democratic Deficit (AS)  

11.00 - 13.30   Negotiation, Interest Representation and Interaction with the EU (TBa)

17.30 - 19.00   Croatia's Presidency of the EU: Priorities and Lessons Learned (MVF)   


Wednesday, September 30:

09.00 - 10.30   Brexit: What’s it like to leave the EU? politics, economics, trade (AS)

10.45 - 12.00   The Commission Agenda 2020-2024 (MVF) 

12.15 - 13.30   The EU Budget 2021-2027 (TBA) 

17.30 - 19.00   Workshop on EU Skills 1 (TBa)


Thursday, October 1: 

09.00 - 10.15   Covid-19 and the Governance of the Eurozone (AS) 

10.45 - 12.00   Covid-19 at Public Health at EU level (TBA) 

12.15 - 13.30   Workshop on New Programming for IPA III (TBe) 

17.30 - 19.00   Workshop on EU Skills 2 (TBa)  


Friday, October 2:  

09.00 - 10.15   A New Methodology for Enlargement? (DVP)

10.45 - 12.00   Workshop: Communication Skills (DK)

12.15 - 13.30   Podium Discussion: The future of the EU (Panel of Speakers) 



AS: Andreas Staab, EPIC – the European Policy Information Centre 

DK: Dinka Krčelić, Projectus Grupa

DVP: Dubravka Vlašić Pleše, Government of Croatia

KK: Krešimir Kopčić, Government of Croatia

MVF: Mirna Vlašić Feketija, Government of Croatia

TBa: Tony Bass, Clingendael

TBe: Tomislav Belovari, Government of Croatia 


TBA: To be announced 


EPIC - the European Policy Information Centre



                             giz - Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit


GIZ - Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit 

GIZ is a provider for international cooperation services for sustainable development and education. With over 50 years of experience in such areas as economic development and employment, energy and the environment, as well as peace and security, GIZ works with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions. The summer school receives financial support as well as administrative addistance as part of GIZ's Project Open Regional Fund - Promotion of EU integration, which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 





Service For Knowledge Transfer

Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

The summer school would not be possible without the continuous support of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and here in particular its Service For Knowledge Transfer, which is instrumental in sharing experience gained through the country's EU integration process to the next generation of accession and candidate countries. Service For Knowlege Transfer supports the participation of Croatian civil servants at the summer school, and has been integral to the development of the course agenda, while also offering assistance to representatives from across the region. 

Andreas Staab

Andreas Staab is the founder and Managing director of EPIC. A former lecturer in European Integration at the London School of Economics, he has worked with governmental officials, business leaders, journalists, but also NGOs and youth programmes in a host of accession and candidate countries, including Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Turkey and Cyprus (north and south). He is the author of 'The End of Europe: the 5 Dilemmas of the European Union', as well as a textbook called ‘The European Union Explained’ (2013). Andreas teaches for the London programme of the University of California, as well as of St. Lawrence University. He is also the Academic Liaison for European Economics and Politics at the London Programme of Washington University in St. Louis.

Tony Bass

Tony Bass is an independent consultant specialising in communications, lobbying and public administration reform. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations (Clingendael). Tony has experience in almost all EU member states, as well as in Armenia, Ukraine, China and most recently Myanmar. He has been Team Leader of a large EU funded project on improving public services in the Western Balkans based at the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) in Montenegro. Previously, Tony was a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and a Senior Expert at the European Institute for Public Administration (EIPA). He also held several positions within the Irish Civil Service, including roles as Special Adviser to ministers, Press Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of EU Training in the Civil Service Training Centre. This will be Tony's sixth time at the summer school.