Executive Seminar

EU governance

EU governance refers to the ‘rules, processes, and behaviours that affect the way in which powers are exercised at the European level, particularly with regard to openness, participation, accountability, effectiveness, and coherence’. In this sense, EU governance is an attempt to make sense of the intricate web of institutions, rules and mechanisms that frame EU policymaking.

The seminar introduces participants to governance structures, processes and players and to the ways in which decisions and rules in the EU are made in varous institutional configurations. The course further illustrates the operation of EU governance through 3 key policy areas that are analysed in greater depth: EU economic governance, EU foreign and external policy, and EU human rights and citizenship.

Participants will acquire the knowledge and competencies to engage in a critical discussion of the EU's future direction and legitimacy, both analysing ist famed "democraric deficit" and questioning its institutional evolution in light of recent policy challenges. Participants thereby gain a solid foundation for positions in which EU competence is required.

This course can also be completed as part of the Certificate in Intersectoral Management, or the Certificate in European Governance.

Target group

Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)


  • Higher education degree
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
  • Good knowledge of English


  • 2.5 days in Berlin, as well as additional time for the preparation of the seminar
  • No follow-up assignment is required

Seminar times

  • Day 1: 11:00 - 20:00
  • Day 2:   9:00 - 18:00
  • Day 3:   9:00 - 16:00

Seminar fee

€ 1,690

Seminar fees are exempted from tax according to Value Added Tax Act (UStG) §4 Nr. 21a. In Germany and many other countries, tuition fees for continuing education programmes are also fully tax-deductible as professional training expenses.

Seminar fee includes: attendance, online access to course documents, materials during the seminar, beverages in the Hertie School cafeteria (open on weekdays), certificate of attendance. 

Terms and Conditions


Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.

Seminar director

  • Mark Dawson , Professor of European Law and Governance