EPIC - the European Policy Information Centre


New Developments in the European Union 
Starigrad Paklenica, Croatia
May 20 - 24, 2019

Summer School 
New Developments in the European Union   
Starigrad Paklenica, Croatia
May 20 - 24, 2019


In May 2019, EPIC will be holding its 16th 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 will take place at a new venue: The Hotel Alan (www.hotel-alan.hr) right on the Dalmatian coast and about a 30-minute drive from the town of Zadar. 
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

The summer school intends to focus 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 the introduction of the Euro or the adoption of the EU's trade policies. The course adopts a mixture of lectures and pro-active learning experiences and workshops. The 2019 course agenda will be addressing the following topics:  

  • Brexit: What's it like to leave the EU?
  • The Euro: Greek lessons for future Eurozone members 
  • The Euro: How to prepare for its introduction? 
  • Enlargement, Accession Negotiations and the Rule of Law
  • EU budget 2021 - 2027
  • Coreper, negotiations, working groups and interest representation
  • Populism and the EU's democratic deficit
  • Change Management and EU communication  




Summer School Schedule 2019


all times, dates and topics are subject to final confirmation!


Monday May 20:  

20.00 Welcome Reception  

Tuesday May 21: 

09.00 - 09.30   Opening Address

09.30 - 10.30   EU Enlargement (JB)  

10.45 - 12.15   The Co-ordination of IPA and Chapter 22 (TBe)

13.30 - 14.45   Populism and the EU's democratic deficit (AS)   


Wednesday, May 22:

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

11.00 - 12.15   The Euro: How does it work? (AS) 

13.30 - 15.00   The Euro: Greek lessons for future Eurozone members (AS) 

15.15 - 16.30   The EU budget 2021 - 2027 (MO)


Thursday, May 23: (all TBa)

09.00 - 10.15   Coreper, Working Groups, Negotiation, Interest representation

10.45 - 12.00   Workshop 1 

13.30 - 14.30   Workshop 2 

14.45 - 16.00   Workshop 3  


Friday, May 24:  

09.00 - 10.30   Change Management (DK)

10.45 - 12.00   EU Communication (DK)

12.15 - 13.30   New Composition of Commission and Parliament (DM)



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

DK: Dinka Krčelić, Projectus Grupa

DM: Danijel Mondekar, EuroNavigator

JB: Jadranka Bošnjak, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

MO:  Martina Orešković, Ministry of Finance 

TBa: Tony Bass, Clingendael

TBe: Tomislav Belovari, Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds











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                             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 NGO’s 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 a text book on the EU called ‘The European Union Explained’. Andreas is Adjunct Professor at the Executive Master’s Programme in International Logistics at Georgia Institute of Technology, and 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.