EPIC - the European Policy Information
7 Ellington Road
London N10 3DD
phonefax: +44 0208 888 7970
mobile: +44 7968 109574
- CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
- TRAINING, SHORT COURSES AND CONFERENCES
- EPIC draws
on the insider knowlege of practitioners and scholars from across Europe. We bring together experts with those keen on
furthering their understanding of the EU.
is an independent network of over 100 consultants and trainers. Founded in 1999 by a group of academics within the London
School of Economics and Political Science, EPIC does not act on behalf of any governmental office or European institution.
We therefore 'tell it as it is' and point to the strengths but also to the shortcomings of the European project.
Dr Andreas Staab, Managing Director
Andreas is a former lecturer in European Integration at the London School of Economics.
Having left the LSE in 2000, he founded EPIC together with a group of colleagues. Over the years, he has trained over 5000
people - from journalists and business people, to public officials, NGO representatives as well as high school and university
students. He worked mainly in accession and candidate countries, including Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia,
Kosovo, Turkey or Cyprus. Andreas is also the author of a textbook on the EU, called 'The European Union Explained'; the third
edition of which was published in June 2013.
EPIC has worked with prime ministers and high school students, supreme
court judges and post graduates, journalists, governmental officials and lawyers, business executives and NGO representatives
from all parts of the world. We apply innovative teaching methods that encourage creative thinking. Our courses accommodate
different levels of knowledge and different professional backgrounds and our teaching style is proactive with the emphasis
on practise-oriented exercises and problem-solving learning experiences.
Our ever expanding team of experts addresses
the broadest range of issues related to Europe and the European Union, whether from an economic, business, social or
political perspective. ln addition to our strong academic foundation, we also count practitioners as our members who
work for business associations, international organisations, in the legal sector, in the media, in public administration
and in the non-governmental field. Over the years we have been particularly active in the following areas:
Agriculture and rural development
· Cohesion and Regional Policy
· Economic governance
· Police and judicial co-operation
· Legal Harmonization
· Citizenship, youth and civil society
For further information
please click on the link 'CONSULTING at the top of this page.
EU Updates: Towards a
Vrboska/Island of Hvar,
In June 2017, EPIC held its 14th
annual summer school. Once again, the course was held in collaboration with Croatia's Ministry of Foreign and European
Affairs (MFEA), and was taught by Dr Andreas Staab (EPIC), with additional lectures from Prof Robert Hancke (London School
of Economics), Tony Bass (Netherlands Institute for International Relations/Clingendael), as well as Ian Baker (Catalys/UK).
The course took place at the four star Senses Resort (formerly Hotel Adriatic) in the impossibly picturesque village of Vrboska
on the island of Hvar. Topics covered included:
- Brexit and New Models
of European Integration
Society and the Move towards a West European Model
- Economic and Monetary Union and the Persistent Debt Crises in Southern Europe
- Enlargement in the Age of Euroscepticism
- Populism, National Governments and the EU's Democratic Deficit
- The Future of Global Trade after TTIP and TTP
We aim to be back on Hvar in late May/early June 2018. Precise dates and course agenda will be confirmed in
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK ON 'EU SUMMER SCHOOL' IN THE TOP LEFT CORNER OF THIS
EPIC VOLUNTEER SCHEME
EPIC is currently establishing a network
of organisations across central, eastern and south-eastern Europe which offer work placements to young people from across
Europe and beyond. The volunteer scheme is aimed at young people
who have finished their secondary education. These could be high school leavers, young professionals on a career break, or
university students wishing to add practical experience to their academic education. The scheme is not limited to a specific type of organisation. Rather, EPIC intends to cast a wide
net and would encourage different actors to join the network. These could for instance be an NGO working in the field of environmental
protection, a small family farm, a business that is active in tourism or a public office connected to local governance. The
main criterion is whether the partner organisation could benefit from motivated volunteers willing to contribute their time
and energy in return for a cultural and professional experience. The work placements would take into account the educational
and/or professional background of the volunteer, with the aim of establishing a scenario that would offer maximum reward for
both the volunteer and the host organisation. The work placements run for different lengths of time in line with the requirements of the host organisation.
In return, the scheme also has to take into account the time commitments of the volunteers. As such, a student might be able
to take two weeks off in the summer before returning home to work on a part-time job that might be essential for funding her/his
studies. Hence, work placements could be as short as two weeks, but might also last for up to two months or even longer.
For more information, please click on the link 'EPIC VOLUNTEER SCHEME'
at the top left corner of this page.
GET IN TOUCHfor any further information please contact: Dr Andreas
StaabManaging DirectorEPIC - the European Policy Information Centre7 Ellington RoadLondon N10 3DDUKphonefax:
(+44) 20 888 7970email: firstname.lastname@example.org