EU corridors of power

This course explains how decisions are made in the European Union and highlights where NGOs can have the greatest influence in the process.

The European Union is the biggest aid donor in the world and the main trading partner of countries in the South. This course explains how the European Union works and how decisions are made. It highlights where NGOs can have the greatest influence in the process, and how your organisation can use the EU to get across its message on behalf of your partners and beneficiaries. 

This course is available in-house only. Contact [email protected] to find out more.

Guest speakers will share their experience of European advocacy. 

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for people new to EU advocacy or wanting an overview of the latest developments.

Course content

  • The structure of EU institutions and how to access them: the Parliament, the Council and the Commission
  • The co-decision procedure 
  • The EU and the developing world
  • Changes after the Lisbon Treaty
  • Key opportunities for lobbying at an EU level
  • Developing an EU advocacy strategy


Day 1

  • Breaking the ice and demystifying the EU
  • Building the EU: the evolution of the Union
  • Introduction to the EU institutions
  • The Co-decision procedure
  • The future of the EU
  • The EU and the developing world

Day 2

  • How to influence the EU
  • External speaker 1
  • External speaker 2
  • Role play: Different points of view
  • Group exercise: Developing an advocacy strategy

Course prices

Band 1


Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend

* 10% off if you book 8 weeks in advance; 5% off 3 or more bookings.

Contact us for special discounts if you're a student or unemployed.


off if you book early*


off multiple bookings*


Costanza de Toma
Advocacy etc.

Costanza de Toma is a consultant, trainer and facilitator with over twenty years experience in international development.