Development Office Newsletter: N°2 2010
Swiss fact finding mission
On 16 April, eight members of the Mission of Switzerland to the European Union took part in a tailor-made EU e-fact finding workshop organised by the Development Office.
Through an interactive presentation by Luciano Morganti, Director of Crosscommunication, the participants were guided through the ‘jungle’ of EU-related information on the web. By following the lecture and answering questions, they learned how to quickly find information on the EU in general as well as its institutions, legislation, policies, programmes and funding opportunities.
Participants stated that “many new doors for search were opened” and that “a lot of extremely useful information was presented in a user-friendly way” which they will be able to “apply directly at work”.
The next EU Fact Finding training taking place on 8 October in Brussels is now open for registrations. Early birds, former participants, groups and College of Europe Alumni benefit from reduced fees.
Young leaders are getting creative
A short film competition on ‘Balkans Beyond Borders’ in Belgrade, the ‘See Visions’ art contests and exhibition in Sarajevo, a conference on the EU’s role in the Balkans taking place in Prishtina, a publication and panel discussion in Tirana on the challenges of achieving the status of an EU candidate country and a panel discussion, workshop and publication about the ‘EU - Umbrella of Different Nationalities’ in Skopje: this is just a brief overview of the creative joint activities which had been developed by the participants of the 4th Southeast Europe and the EU – Leadership Development Programme (LDP).
From 24 to 29 April, the ten-month programme will be closed with a seminar during which the participants can discuss the projects, meet EU and NATO officials and experience a one-day course at the College of Europe.
Based on the success of the programme, the Development Office, the European Fund for the Balkans and the Transfuse Association have now launched the 5th LDP edition. Young people from the Balkans and other European countries are invited to send their application by 9 May 2010.