Monday, 15 September –  Friday, 19 September 2008


“Europe showed itself ready to give global leadership: to tackle climate change, to face up to the challenge of secure, sustainable and competitive energy, and to make the European economy a model for sustainable development in the 21st century”

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, January 2008

EU flagThis second module of the LEAD Europe Programme 2008 is designed to respond to the need for leaders in all sectors to understand how they can engage with EU processes, and influence EU policy for  better outcomes. It builds upon the London module by scaling-up from the national to the regional perspective and building an understanding of complex international realities.

Can you help drive European leadership?

In recent years Europe has defined a role for itself as a global leader on action towards building a low-carbon sustainable future. At the Bali Conference of Parties on Climate Change in December 2007, Europe stood apart from other major industrialised regions such as the US, Canada, Australia and Japan in pushing for a global agreement on climate change action.

In its policy strategy going forward the EU has identified energy policy as a critical building block towards a sustainable future, an area where Europe can show real leadership and innovation. The EU has set targets for a 20% reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG) by 2002, and a 20% increase in EU energy provision from renewable sources.

Working group

To translate these targets into action and make them achievable Europe is dependent on commitment and leadership within individual member states. Leaders need to come from across the spectrum of interests in Europe in order to ensure full representation and public endorsement of EU energy policy towards a low carbon future.

The session will bring participants from across Europe together in Brussels to:

  • Explore how Europe is modelling leadership towards a more sustainable future and the challenges and opportunities going forward
  • Assess EU Energy policy specifically as a critical lever for achieving real change and an area where commitment already exists
  • Investigate how different interest groups such as business, civil society, lobbyists, activists and ordinary citizens can influence EU decision-making
  • Identify opportunities for personal and organisational intervention within EU processes
  • Develop negotiating, lobbying and advocacy skills through a facilitated negotiation scenario with major interest groups
  • Build networks and connections with the EU policy framework including contacts with their national representative bodies

By the end of the Brussels session, the participants will have:

  • Greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities for European leadership towards a low carbon, sustainable future
  • Explored how they and their organisation can intervene within EU processes to push for sustainability
  • Developed the core negotiation and influencing skills that they will need to act as European leaders

The Brussels session is a new module designed to respond to Europe’s growing influence on global sustainable futures. It is based on LEAD’s extensive experience of working with multi-lateral institutions and connecting leaders with their influence and policy processes.

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