How Brussels Really Works

- and how to have impact

"It was only when I learned how Brussels actually works that I became effective in public affairs. Now you can too."

"The few questions that came to mind at some point were answered a few minutes later or in the next module. Congratulations to the entire C8 team, you have created a truly practical and clarifying content."
Nacho Vega

You will be able to:

WORK THE SYSTEM
 

You will learn not only how the system works but how to work the system and have real impact.

FORM OPINIONS

Produce easily digestible discussion points and opinions on the progress of EU legislative activity.

 

DEVELOP A POWERFUL NETWORK

You will be able to develop a powerful network of your own and have real impact.

SPEAK CONFIDENTLY

Speak confidently about the dossiers relating to the creative and digital industries.

TRACK & LEARN

Interact with all Brussels stakeholders and track their political positions.

GAIN CONFIDENCE & CREDIBILITY

Gain confidence and credibility amongst your peers and superiors by being able to talk concisely and in an informed manner about intricate  documents and processes such as the DSA.

Course preview

 

THE PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Our programme is built on three pillars.

COURSE

The core element is the on-demand training course. Divided into 10 modules, you'll meet a variety of experts who have all successfully build a career in the Brussels bubble.

The course will equip you with the relevant knowledge of how and when to influence Brussels and the skills to do so.

COACHING

The ten-week course is paired with a weekly coaching session. During this call, we ensure you can apply what you've learned to your immediate situation.

 

This is a vital step in ensuring you get heard in Brussels!

COMMUNITY

Our community lives in Podia with channels curated to each  module but also each active dossier.

 

Here you get acces to a network of public affairs professionals, conversational insights as well as the key stakeholder opinion.

Don't you hate it when your boss asks you about a certain dossier and you don't know what you're talking about?

In our blog we'll serve a weekly digest of insights from Brussels and our Discord Community discussions.

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Are you ready to become influential in Brussels?

You might understand how the system works - now you need to learn how to work the system.

We're offering you an online training programme, designed and led by public affairs specialists as well as MEP's who has been influenced by public affairs specialists. We do this so you can more effectively impact the Brussels bubble. 

 

During the course (8 weeks), we are available for weekly coaching calls to ensure you can apply the learnings to your specific situation. 

You will also get one year free access to our online community which provides you with an effective and timely way of staying up to date on the development of key dossiers as well as key stakeholder opinions. 

You will get all of this in our programme that ensures you become impactful in Brussels for only €299.

THE COURSE

A 10-week on demand training program created by our experts. 

Lifetime Access

€219 included

WEEKLY COACHING

We coach you weekly so you can apply your learnings to a specifc dossier.

30 minutes

€149 included

COMMUNITY DISCORD

You can discuss your learnings with fellow students and our experts in here. 

1-year subscription

€39 included

Total value: €407

You price today: €299

 

THE COURSE STRUCTURE

01

NETWORKING

02

IMPACT

03

THE BRUSSELS CYCLE

04

PRE-CONSULTATION

05

CONSULTATION

06

PARLIAMENT

07

COUNCIL

08

TRILOGUE

09

OTHER TOOLS OF THE TRADE

10

WRAP UP

WANT TO KNOW HOW WE INFLUENCED THE DSM DIRECTIVE?

We were responsible for getting a clause into the DSM directive that made a significant difference for all European performers and their partners.

 

Throughout this course we’ll let you in on the dark secret on how you can achieve this. Want to have a chat before getting started? 

 
 

MEET THE COURSE EXPERTS

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Dominic McGonigal

Chair of C8 Associates and 30+ years in business

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Brian Hayes

ex-MEP and now CEO of Banking and Payments Federation Ireland

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Angela Mills Wade

Founder of Europe Analytica and Executive Director, the European Publishers Council (EPC)

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Claire Bury

Director-General, DG SANTE and 30 years in the Commission

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Florian Koempel

Course Director and 20+ years experience in business

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Benjamin Feyen

Assistant to Niklas Nienass and experienced staffer in the Parliament

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Ricardo Castanheira

Attaché in the Portuguese Permanent Representation and 20+ years in business

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Werner Stengg

Cabinet of Vice-President Vestager and 26 years in the Commission

 
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