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BMET 25A00 - EU Decision Making – A Simulation Game

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Through this course students will get an opportunity to have an active role in an EU negotiation based on a legislative proposal currently under deliberation at the EU Commission, with the aim of reaching a credible outcome through negotiations. Moreover, while acquiring necessary knowledge about EU institutions and Ordinary Legislative Procedure, the students will experience how multilateral negotiations occur and how personal traits, time pressure, expertise, credibility, etc. influence negotiation outcomes. The simulation includes all the main institutions involved in EU decision-making process. Therefore, every student will be assigned a role based on the selected stakeholders and given instructions of their final goal they should aim to achieve. At the end of the course, the students are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the EU legislative process and the negotiation dynamics among institutions. Therefore, students will be using analytical skills to analyse documents, writing skills to draft proposals and briefings, and communication skills for debate.


CEPERKOVIC, Marko (Consultant)

Course validation

Students are required to draft a position paper at the very beginning of the course (20%). When the actual simulation game starts, they are expected to actively participate in discussions (50%), as well as using the Google package for online interaction (specifically designed for the purpose of this simulation), according to their role's expectations. At the end of the course, students are required to write a briefing explaining their position and their involvement (30%).

Required reading

  • M. BRUNAZZO & P. SETTEMBRI, Experiencing the European Union: Learning how EU negotiations work through simulation games, Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino, 2012
  • A. DÜR, G. MATEO & D. C. THOMAS (eds.), ‘Negotiation Theory and the EU; The State of the Art', Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 17, No. 5, 2010, special issue
  • P. W. MEERTS & F. CEDE (eds.), Negotiating European Union, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
  • A. RASMUSSEN, C. BURNS & C. REH (eds.), ‘Twenty years of legislative codecision in the European Union', Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 20, No. 7, 2013