Dr2 Academy

Training institute for Public Affairs

Introducing the Dr2 Academy

The Dr2 Academy supports your organization in setting the right conditions to grow. Our mission is to empower businesses and individuals with the necessary knowledge and right tools to effectively represent their interests at EU level.

Whether you are working for a corporate business, an NGO or a municipality, you are operating in an evolving policy context in which the EU plays an increasingly decisive role in realizing your organizations’ ambitions.

Leveraging on our extensive experience in providing trainings and coaching to organizations and individuals across different industries, our trainers are ready to support you in navigating the EU maze.

Building blocks of our curriculum

The Dr2 Academy offers a curriculum of diverse trainings, always tailored to your specific needs. Our curriculum is established on the following building blocks.

EU Affairs

The ins and outs of the EU institutions, procedures, and the latest trends and political dynamics.

Public Affairs

Making sure your voice is heard by designing and implementing a lobbying strategy.

Topical deep dive

In-depth assessment of sector-specific EU legislation related to digital/tech, sustainability or transport.

Coaching

One-on-one coaching sessions to empower Public Affairs professionals in fulfilling their mandate.

Our curriculum of Public Affairs trainings

Belgian Public Affairs Training

Belgian Public Affairs

Get familiar with the complexity of Belgian politics and the share of competences across the different government levels. Our Belgian Public Affairs trainings provide you with the right tools to navigate the Belgian maze effectively.

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During a half-day online training, you will gain insights into the composition and modus operandi of the Belgian parliaments and governments, and explore the benefits of conducting Public Affairs campaigns. This training provides you with the knowledge about Belgian decision-making procedures and will equip you with the right tools to effectively represent the interests of your organization towards political institutions. Our training will also reflect on the priorities of the Belgian recovery plans after the COVID-19 crisis.

After this training you will be able to:

  • Navigate the Belgian maze of six governments and six parliaments and their competences;
  • Understand the Belgian decision-making procedures;
  • Identify which initiatives following the recovery plans will impact your organization;
  • Develop and implement a Public Affairs strategy based on our suggested tools.

The first part of the training provides a theoretical overview of the institutions and decision-making procedures in Belgium. The second part will focus on Public Affairs and the do’s and don’ts of lobbying in Belgian politics and some practical examples. The training will be held in English.

PART I

Belgium at a glance

  •  Learn about the role of the Belgian institutions and their relationship with each other;
  • Get to know the Belgian decision-making process;
  • Analyze the Belgian recovery plans and priorities following the COVID-19 crisis.
PART II

Public Affairs in Belgium

  • What is (Belgian) Public Affairs?;
  • Learn to set up your Public Affairs Strategy (based on your specific theme/topic);
  • Do’s and don’ts of lobbying in Belgian politics;
  • Ask questions and get tips and tricks from a guest speaker.
EU Public Affairs Training: the European Green Deal

EU Public Affairs: the European Green Deal | Fit for 55 package

Get up-to-speed with the European Green Deal, Fit for 55 and understand the impact of this landmark roadmap on your organization.

Register for our upcoming open-registration training (22 September) or request a tailor-made training.

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Online EU Public Affairs training on the “Fit for 55” package

Wednesday, 22 September
09:00 – 12:30 CEST

Whether you are a frontrunner in your respective field or a company which is challenged by sustainability policies, the policies presented in the “Fit for 55” package will affect your business. With this package of legislative climate and energy proposals, to be presented on 14 July, the European Commission aims at reducing emissions by at least 55% in 2030 and contributing to the European Green Deal objectives.

The “Fit for 55” package will address a wide range of policy areas, including transport, energy and international trade. This landmark package, covering 11 legislative proposals, includes revisions of several existing legislative acts, including the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Taxation Directive. It will also introduce new instruments, such as the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism.

During this EU Public Affairs training you will learn about the implementation of the EU’s climate and environmental ambitions, as set out in the European Green Deal, and understand the impact of legislative files stemming from the “Fit for 55” package on your organization.

After drawing a comprehensive picture of the “Fit for 55” measures, this training will provide you with the right tools to effectively represent the interests of your organization in a political reality that is increasingly looking at industry and society to make its climate commitments become reality. How do you make sure your policy messages fit with the EU narrative? Who should you contact in the EU institutions to convey your message at the right time? Answers to these and many more questions will be brought to you during the EU Public Affairs Training on the “Fit for 55” package.

After this training you will be able to:

  • Understand the main objectives and legislative initiatives of the “Fit for 55” package;
  • Identify the most important initiatives of “Fit for 55” and the way in which they will affect the sector in which your business is active;
  • Navigate the EU maze of institutional departments and stakeholders dealing with environmental issues, and get acquainted with the power balance between the EU institutions;
  • Develop and implement a Public Affairs strategy on a legislative file related to the “Fit for 55” package.

The price for an EU Public Affairs Training on the “Fit for 55” package is €475,00, excluding VAT.

Read more: the European Green Deal

Whether you are a frontrunner in your respective field or a company which is challenged by sustainability policies, the European Green Deal will affect your business. With the publication of the European Green Deal in December 2019, the EU has set the objective to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. As a follow up, the European Commission is expected to table the Fit for 55 package in June 2021, encompassing various legislative climate and energy proposals that aim to reduce emissions by at least 55% in 2030 and contribute to the Green Deal objectives.

During this EU Public Affairs training you will learn about the implementation of the EU’s climate and environmental ambitions, as set out in the European Green Deal: which initiatives will be part of the Fit for 55 package and how will they impact your organization?

After drawing a comprehensive picture of the European Green Deal, this training will provide you with the right tools to effectively represent the interests of your organization in a political reality that is increasingly looking at industry and society to make its climate commitments become reality. How do you make sure your policy messages fit with the EU narrative? Who should you contact in the EU institutions to convey your message at the right time? Answers to these and many more questions will be brought to you during the EU Public Affairs Training on the European Green Deal.

After this training you will be able to:

  • Understand the main objectives and legislative initiatives of the European Green Deal;
  • Identify the most important initiatives of the Green Deal and the way in which they will affect the sector in which your business is active;
  • Navigate the EU maze of institutional departments and stakeholders dealing with environmental issues, and get acquainted with the power balance between the EU institutions;
  • Develop and implement a Public Affairs strategy on a legislative file related to the European Green Deal.
EU Public Affairs Training: digital

EU Public Affairs: digital

Learn more about the digital initiatives at EU level and how to operate effectively in an increasingly digitally oriented policy context.

Register for our upcoming open-registration training (18 November) or request a tailor-made training.

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Online EU Public Affairs training on the EU Digital Agenda

Thursday, 18 November 2021
09:00 – 12:30 CEST

The EU digitalization agenda: what should we expect?

Achieving a Digital Europe has been a core priority of the European Commission since the start of President Ursula von der Leyen’s mandate. The COVID-19 pandemic has added a tremendous sense of urgency to accelerate this transformation. To respond to such unprecedented challenges, the Commission is increasingly focusing its agenda on what is needed to enhance the digital transition of the European economy. The Commission’s plans will have an impact on all sectors, with crucial discussions and negotiations on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, digital skills, data, and more. The Dr2 Academy will organize a training on the EU Digitalization Agenda to provide companies with a toolkit to make the most of this momentum and capitalize on the digital opportunities coming up in the future.

The EU Public Affairs Training

During a half-day online training, you will learn the ins and outs of the EU policymaking as well as to navigate the EU maze. This training focuses on the digital priorities of the European Commission to empower businesses, citizens and national authorities and will provide a comprehensive overview of the flagship initiatives aimed to make the EU a global leader in the digital transformation.

Do you want to know what business opportunities and challenges are included in the EU’s digitalization agenda? Do you want to craft effective policy messages and make sure they fit with the EU narrative? Answers to these and many more questions will be brought to you during the EU Public Affairs Training on the EU Digitalization Agenda.

What will I gain from this training?

  • Lean about the ins and outs of the EU inter-institutional relations and the decision-making procedures;
  • Identify the most important initiatives of the EU digitalization agenda and the way they will impact your organization;
  • Develop and implement a Public Affairs strategy to strategically position your organization at EU level;
  • Understand and learn how to apply effective and innovative lobbying tools to represent your interests;
  • Receive practical tips and tricks on how to develop and communicate your messages.

The price for an EU Public Affairs Training on the EU Digital Agenda is €475,00, excluding VAT.

EU Public Affairs Training: transport

EU Public Affairs: transport

Grasp the latest trends and upcoming initiatives at EU level for the transport industry and learn how to set the right conditions for your business to grow.

Register for our upcoming open-registration training (8 December) or request a tailor-made training.

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Online EU Public Affairs training on the EU Transport Agenda

Wednesday, 8 December 2021
09:00 – 12:30 CEST

The EU transport agenda: what should we expect?

The COVID-19 crisis has presented unprecedented challenges for the transport sector, but also demonstrated the crucial role transport plays to ensure an uninterrupted supply of goods and services across Europe. The recovery of the transport sector will be used to pave the way for a resilient, reliable, and sustainable sector at the heart of the European Green Deal. Transport-related emissions will have to be significantly reduced, the resilience of the sector will have to be increased, and digital technologies are expected to contribute to cleaner, smarter, and more efficient transport. The Dr2 Academy will organize a training on the transport related priorities in this Commission’s mandate, to help companies navigate this policy context in these challenging times and to set the right conditions for your business to grow.

The EU Public Affairs Training

During a half-day online training, you will learn the ins and outs of the EU policymaking as well as to navigate the EU maze. This training focuses on the priorities for the transport sector of the European Commission to empower businesses, citizens and national authorities and will provide a comprehensive overview of the flagship initiatives key in the transformation of the European transport sector.

Do you want to know what business opportunities and challenges are included in the EU’s transport policy agenda? Do you want to craft effective policy messages and make sure they fit with the EU narrative? Answers to these and many more questions will be brought to you during the EU Public Affairs Training on Transport in the EU.

What will I gain from this training?

  • Learn about the ins and outs of the EU inter-institutional relations and the decision-making procedures;
  • Identify the most important initiatives of the EU transport agenda and the way they will impact your organization;
  • Develop and implement a Public Affairs strategy to strategically position your organization at EU level;
  • Understand and learn how to apply effective and innovative lobbying tools to represent your interests;
  • Receive practical tips and tricks on how to develop and communicate your messages.

The price for an EU Public Affairs Training on the EU Transport Agenda is €475,00, excluding VAT.

EU Affairs Public Affairs Training

EU Affairs

Master your knowledge on the EU institutions and procedures, and hear the latest intel about what is dominating the agenda in Brussels.

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Dr2 Academy’s EU Affairs Training – what you need to know about EU Affairs

Dr2 Academy offers EU Affairs Trainings to reflect on the policy developments triggered by the post COVID-19 recovery plans and the priorities of the European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen’s mandate. During these one-day trainings, we will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the European Union institutional structure and functioning, and with a sound understanding of the EU’s evolving policy priorities and changing balance of power.

Furthermore, by demonstrating how to maximize the efficiency and outcomes of your engagement with decision-makers, our training will help you to effectively define and represent the interests of your business at EU level.

What will I gain from this training?

Our EU Affairs training is targeted to professionals both from the public and private sectors, whose work is impacted by EU policies. During the training, you will acquire knowledge on and experience in:

  • The ins and outs of the EU inter-institutional relations, EU procedures and the balance of power;
  • The changing political dynamics in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the new priorities of the European Commission;
  • A comprehensive overview of an effective lobbying strategy, including tips and tricks from our experienced trainers on how to develop and communicate your messages;
  • A case study that links theory to practice by applying a lobbying plan, which takes the current political context into account.

Our trainings can be adapted to your needs, focusing on policy files relevant to your business and tailoring the right level of knowledge on EU Affairs and Public Affairs.

What will you gain from our Public Affairs trainings?

Getting acquainted with the ordinary legislative procedure, trialogue negotiations, rapporteurs and the power balance between the EU institutions.

Finding the loopholes in the policymaking and decision-making procedures to get your messages across at the right time.

Getting up-to-speed with the latest policy trends and policy dynamics that shape the public discourse, such as the Fit for 55 Package and the EU’s digital agenda.

Developing an understanding why EU legislation starts and finishes at Member State level and how you can get involved from start to end.

Finding your way in the ‘EU bubble’: where to retrieve your information and how to get in touch with EU officials.

Boosting your experience in developing and implementing a lobbying strategy with innovative instruments and tips and tricks to make sure your voice gets heard.

Hearing the views and experiences of inspiring guest speakers, such as Members of the European Parliament.

Testimonials

An insightful training with plenty of practical examples. The ins and outs of the EU institutions and procedures are now clearer than before.

Wouter S.

The EU Public Affairs Training was a useful course which helped me connect the dots. I especially liked the case studies and simulation exercises, which made the training concrete and interactive.

Giacomo M.

The Dr2 Academy taught me how to best approach EU stakeholders and craft effective policy messages. I am sure I will use this experience in my daily work covering EU policies and engagement with EU stakeholders.

Nicolle J.

Tailored to your needs

Whether you are interested to participate in an open registration Public Affairs training to boost your knowledge about the EU, or a topical deep-dive to bring your team up-to-speed with sector-specific legislation, our trainings are always tailored to your needs.

Based on our building blocks, we offer the following options:

  • Applying the right level of knowledge on EU Affairs and Public Affairs, and focusing on policy files relevant to your business;
  • Linking EU Affairs and Public Affairs to the unique characteristics of your organization, i.e. a corporate business, NGO, municipality or government agency;
  • Organizing site-visits with Members of the European Parliament, Attachés from the Council of the EU, or EU officials from the European Commission;
  • Incorporating simulation workshops to translate theory into practical examples and case studies;
  • Providing trainings in a language of your choice, i.e. English, Dutch, French, Italian.

Open registration trainings coming to you in 2021

The Dr2 Academy offers a range of open-registration trainings throughout 2021. Please find more information on the specific trainings below. Make sure you follow our social media channels to stay up to date about our dates and new trainings.

22 September

EU Public Affairs: Fit for 55 package

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18 November

Public Affairs Training: Digitalization in the EU

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08 December

EU Public Affairs Training: Transport in the EU

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Dr2 Academy Timeline of Trainings 2021

Why Dr2 Academy?

Our international team of 21 Public Affairs professionals with diverse backgrounds and track-records in different sectors will ensure the highest standards of quality in our trainings. As a result of our client portfolio that includes start-ups, trade associations and corporate companies, we can quickly grasp and adapt to your needs.

As we are engaging with the EU institutions for various clients on a daily basis, our trainers can provide you with the latest intelligence, tips and tricks and practical case studies.

Most of trainings take place in a virtual setting, meaning you don’t have to travel. We will ensure an interactive setting and translate theory into practical examples and case studies.

Get in touch

Do not hesitate to request a proposal for a Public Affairs training or to get in touch with us to explore how we can support you.

Dr2 Academy Public Affairs training registration form

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