Understanding the EU - Virtual Workshop (am)

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Develop your knowledge and understanding of the European Union (EU).

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Please note that you must have a or defra ALB email address to book

This course replaces EU exit: the principles and practice of working with the EU

The virtual classroom will take place via Microsoft Teams; for further information on using Microsoft Teams, please read this office notice.

While the workshop is now half of the time of the face to face session, you will need to complete some of the tasks as pre-work, from the original session so that no learning is missed, but engagement is maintained.

This topic provides insights into the individual EU institutions, how they interrelate and work with member states, and how decisions are reached at the supranational level.

The topic considers the impact on working practices of the UK’s changing relationship with the EU.

You gain an awareness of UK parliamentary scrutiny of treaties and trade negotiations with the EU and other international partners.

You explore important considerations, including what is a

‘third country’ in relation to the EU? What is the World Trade Organisation and what are its rules?

How do tariffs work? What are free trade arrangements and customs unions?

The workshop includes an up-to-the-minute analysis of the status and implications of the ongoing UK–EU relationship on the day of the workshop’s delivery.

Learning outcomes

 On completing this topic, you’ll be equipped to:

  •  explain the roles and structures of the main EU institutions, how they make decisions and work together
  • describe key EU concepts and principles including the single market and the 4 freedoms

  • explain the EU legislative process and the relevance of the treaties in creating or amending legislation

  • describe UK parliamentary scrutiny of the UK's treaties and trade agreements with the EU and other international partners

  • evaluate the EU’s interest in your department’s priority policy areas

Details will be sent nearer the time with joining instructions.

Further information can be found on Civil Service Learning.

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NOTE: When registering for these events please use you work email address. We are not able to accept reservations made with a private address.

You must have a or Defra Agency/ALB email address to book.

For the time being all our events will continue to be run virtually until further notice.

In light of the spread of COVID-19 we ask you to follow the recommended hygiene etiquette. Please remember to wash your hands with soap regularly, use paper tissues or the inside of your elbow to catch coughs and sneezes. Further health guidance can be found here.

Our courses are generally closed cohort Civil Service Learning (CSL) courses, paid for centrally by Defra's HR International Capability Transition Team.

Please make sure you consult with your line manager before you book your place.

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To book any of our courses or workshops please click on the links within the listings. If the course/workshop is full please add your name to the 'wait list' and you will automatically be allocated a place when one becomes available.


If you have booked onto a course but find you are unable to attend please make sure that you log back into Eventbrite and cancel your place. This will ensure that others can take up places when they become available.


Whilst there would be a cost to attend these courses normally, the cost is being met by the department, so there is no need for you to source a purchase order.

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