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ZEI Class of 2018 in Brussels

Experiencing the atmosphere of the European Union first hand: Discussing with ZEI Alumni in the European Commission about current EU policies, getting to know the work of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union in practice. On their two-day visit to Brussels, the Fellows of the Master of European Studies – Governance and Regulation visited several EU institutions and discussed recent European and international issues with EU staff.

The ZEI Class of 2018 met with ZEI Alumni working at the European Commission and the European Parliament. Amongst them were Boyan Tanev, Parliamentary Advisor at the EP; Daniela Stoycheva, Press Assistant to Deputy Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission; Christina Wunder, Press Officer for International Cooperation and Development, and Christian Krappitz; Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom.

Additionally, they gained insights into the field of interest representation through a discussion with ZEI Alumnus Patrick Schäfer, First Secretary at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union Brussels. ZEI Fellows also had the honor of meeting the Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany on the North Atlantic Council, Dr. Hans-Dieter Lucas. At NATO they were able to discuss global security challenges and the role of the EU within NATO. ZEI Alumna Lindsey Brown also shared some insights.

ZEI Fellows continued their journey onto Luxembourg where they had the great privilege to be received by the German Ambassador to Luxembourg, Dr. Heinrich Kreft. A further insightful experience for the Class of 2018 was their visit to the Court of Justice of the European Union and hearing a case. 

Back in Bonn, the ZEI Fellows are getting ready for the second study term with courses on the EU, for instance on the EU’s economic policies and the Law of Sector-Specific Regulation.

The international postgraduate program at ZEI has been offered since 1998 and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office ever since. The program is recommended by the ministry to candidates who intend to start an international career.

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