EU-negotiation and negotiation
techniques - Czech Republic
title: “Training of senior
officials of the Czech Ministry of Agriculture in Comitology and the
Decision Making Process of the EU”
Recipient authority: The
Ministry of Agriculture in the Czech republic
The project aimed at training civil servants from
the Czech Ministry of Agriculture in negotiating techniques to be
used in agricultural committees of the Commission and the Council working
The project consisted of three-days seminars in
Prague in April, May and June 2003.
To give a general understanding of the working of
the EU-system and the ways of influence in the field of agriculture, the
seminars also included courses in comitology, i.e. the decision-making
process within the Union’s committees and working groups. 90 experts
were trained during the three seminars held (30 experts at each seminar).
The project received a very positive evaluation.
During the seminars the participants learnt about
general negotiation techniques, the roles of the delegates around the
table and the possibility of influence of the single member state.
As part of the seminars, the negotiation situation
was simulated on basis of a proposed directive from the Commission. To
make the situation as realistic as possible, the participants were taking
the roles of national delegations, negotiating on basis of home country
instructions and the experts of the European Institute were holding the
roles of the Commission and the Council Secretariat. The experts of the
European Institute thereby assured that the simulation reached its
pedagogical goals, which was also assured through the consequent feed back
Finally, The European Institute handed out a list
of Council working groups and Commission committees, which the Czech
Ministry of Agriculture and its related agencies would possibly be
attending. The list was produced by the Institute.
Each seminar ended with an evaluation by the
attendants, with a possible score between 1 and 4, 4 meaning “very good”
and thus the best possible grade. To the pleasure of the Institute, the
average score was very high (Approx. 3.87).
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