On 4th April 2018, Ecorys colleagues Jan Maarten de Vet and Andreas Pauer provided a guest lecture on EU Regulatory Impact Assessment at the College of Europe in Bruges. The lecture was part of a compact seminar, initiated by Prof. J. Pelkmans already 10 years ago and since several years taken forward by Prof. Andrea Renda. The Ecorys-led session followed a lecture provided by an industry association, and aimed to provide insight in the role of research-based consultants in the EU impact assessment process. This year, the Ecorys trainers opted for a new approach by conducting the training as a 2 hours role play, making the students experience the consultant’s job with all its challenges, pressures and joys – and in interaction with EC policy officers, the EC Secretariat General and lobbyists. The challenge for the students was to provide evidence-based support to the impact assessment process, to follow carefully the steps as stipulated by the EC Better Regulation Guidelines, and to do so in a short time frame and taking into account all surrounding pressures. The students did an excellent job and commented afterwards that they started to have a feel of how it really is to be a researcher and consultant in the EU policy world. Who knows, some of them may be even lured by this challenging type of work!
The College of Europe is the world’s first institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs, founded in 1949 by leading European figures such as Salvador DE MADARIAGA, Winston CHURCHILL, Paul Henri SPAAK and Alcide DE GASPERI. The idea was to establish an institute where university graduates from many different European countries could study and live together in preparation for careers related to European cooperation and integration. Today it has campuses in both Bruges and Warsaw. Ecorys has a track record of recruiting College of Europe alumni for its EU work.
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