A diverse and eager group attended EUChanger’s first training in Brussels on 21 June 2019. Focussing on influencing for the public good in the post-election context, the first EU Academy attracted 20 participants active in a wide range of policy areas including: climate, energy, international development, corporate governance, sustainable finance, tax, and human rights.
It was a packed day with expert input from Vote Watch Europe on the outcome of the May European elections, a dynamic training on EU influencing essentials drawing on the experience of EUChanger’s Marc-Olivier Herman and Better Europe’s Joost Mulder, a lunch debate with advisors of various EP political groups and a group simulation on a current legislative file.
The feedback we received from many participants shows just how important this type of training is for those working for the public interest and seeking to enhance their EU influencing skills. Here are just a few of their comments: “The training gave a practical insight into advocacy.” “Excellent content, to the point.” “I’ve been to public affairs courses before that were very academic and gave no insider tips on who to talk to and why. You really know your stuff and you share the knowledge. I have plenty of ideas on how to improve my own campaigns.” “Very good facilitation methodology and there was also a friendly atmosphere. :)”
Participants also provided us with valuable suggestions on content they would like to see covered in future training and on how to further improve the learning experience for those attending. We can’t wait for the next training to put them into practice!
(written by Lucy Anns, EUChanger – republished with permission)
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