In the Driving Seat

The Department of International Relations is organising a guest lecture on “In the driving seat – An insider’s view of the challenge of handling the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union” on Thursday 10th October 2013, between 1100 – 1300hrs in the Mediterranean Institute, Room 122.


Guest lecturer is Dr Peter Agius, Head, European Parliament Information Office in Malta.


For further information please contact the Department of International Relations on 2340 3083 or Ms Valentina Cassar.


Dr Peter Agius


Dr Peter Agius worked for the Council of the European Union from 2002 to 2012. His tasks at the Council included advising the rotating Presidency on the handling of negotiations in the Council, assisting in the shaping of Council compromises through COREPER and Council and advising the Presidency in negotiations with the European Parliament. 


Since 2010 he has also assisted a series of Member States in the training and preparation of national officials in advance of their term in the Presidency. Dr Agius is presently the head of the European Parliament Office in Malta.


The lecture


The lecture will give the participants an applied insight into the practice of the rotating Presidency as an agent for compromise within the Council and as a negotiator with MEPs in the advancement and conclusion of dossiers on the Union’s legislative agenda. The lecture will be based on personal first hand experiences and will be followed by an open question and answer session. 



(Any views expressed are personal and do not reflect the positions of the European Institutions.)

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