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The “Class of 2019” in Brussels and Luxembourg

Experiencing the European Union and its institutions 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 “Class of 2019” of the Master of European Studies – Governance and Regulation visited several EU institutions and discussed current European and international issues with EU experts and practitioners.

The ZEI Master “Class of 2019” met with ZEI Alumni working at the European Commission including Ms. Christina Wunder, Press Officer for EU Foreign Affairs / International Cooperation and Development and Mr. Christian Krappitz; Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom. In addition, ZEI Fellows were invited to exchange views with Ms. Ann Mettler, Head of the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC). At the Council of the European Union, trade and foreign affairs were focused upon with presentations given by a variety of policy experts.

At the European Parliament, ZEI fellows were able to hear parliamentary debates first hand and watch a speech by Commission President Juncker and European Chief Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier. The visit at the European Parliament was further complemented by Ms. Daniela Stoycheva, Press Officer for Environment and Maritime Affairs of the European Commission, presenting their insights into their fields of expertise as well as their positions and life working at the EU institutions. Additionally, the “Class of 2019” gained insights into how member states advance their interests in the Council of the EU 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 continued their journey onto Luxembourg where they had the great privilege to experience the Court of Justice of the European Union through a case hearing about whether a financial market actor can be considered a consumer under EU law. This was complemented by a visit to the European Investment Bank, where Mr. Matthieu Bertrand discussed the added value of the “Juncker Plan” to economic development in Europe.

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 before focusing on their Master Thesis.

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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