How to monitor and influence the EU decision-making process from a trade union perspective

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European Trade Union Institute

from European Trade Union Institute

How to influence the institutions of the EU.

  • Date: Oct 02, 2013 - Oct 04, 2013
  • Duration : The course will be held from 2 to 4 October 2013 in Brussels.
  • Venue : ETUI, Brussels
  • Location: Other
  • Subject: European Union, Campaigning & Lobbying
  • Cost: 180€ (3 days @ 60€)
    Course fee includes flights, accomodation, meals and materials.

Contact Details for This Course

Please mention Union Learning when booking this course.

Organisation : European Trade Union Institute

Name : Mr Frank Vaughan
Job title : Director of Union Learning
Postal address :
32 Parnell Square
Dublin Co. Dublin

Telephone number : 0035318897777
Fax number : 0035318872012
Email address :

Website :

About this course

Course details
In recent years, the European trade union movement has been playing a strategic role in mobilizing, monitoring and influencing the EU decisional process on proposals and reports having an impact on different social issues and working conditions.
The ETUC, in its Manifesto adopted at the last 2011 Congress in Athens, stresses the need to “maximise the use of the range of means available to the ETUC to improve the impact of the trade union agenda at European level, i.e. using campaigns and mobilisations, the EU institutions, employers and the social dialogue, allies in civil society, the Tripartite Social Summit, and EU external relations”.
But not each social interest group has access to equal resources to make its own interest count in the legislative process, although the possibility offered by the European Citizens' Initiative, as one of the major innovations of the Lisbon Treaty, potentially increases direct democracy in the EU.
For these reasons, the knowledge of the EU institutional mechanism and how to use it for achieving trade union objectives is an essential tool - in other words, “lobbying” and “campaigning” are necessary skills for each union involved in political challenges at sector, national and European levels.
Accordingly, ETUI Education is now launching for the second time, its new training activity, "How to monitor and influence the EU decision-making process from a trade union perspective", during which the participants will have the opportunity to understand the EU Institutional process through concrete case studies from colleagues and officers working in the European Institutions, the trade union liaison offices in Brussels, NGOs, and the ETUI .

Aim and objectives
— To get acquainted and raise awareness of the EU decision- making process, the knowledge of which is essential for challenging and giving successful opportunities to the trade union movement;
— To share experiences and good practices of lobbying, mobilizing and campaigning;
— To set up aspects of a coordinated trade union mobilisation and campaigning strategy for influencing the decision making process at sectoral, national and European level;
— To learn how to establish a communication plan.

Registration details
Contact Frank Vaughan in ICTU

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Course added on: 08/07/2013
Details last updated on: 08/07/2013