Visegrad School of Political Studies

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The V4 meets EaP initiative is an extension of the current Visegrad School of Political Studies that aims to promote the collective and individual V4 democratic transition experience to young political, social and governmental leaders from Eastern Partnership countries. The V4 meets EaP brings together 120 participants over 2 years from the EaP and V4 to undertake workshops that highlight the regions of EU integration, civil society development and general transitional experience.

The sessions are organized by the EAD, Antall Jozsef Knowledge Center, the Slovak Atlantic Commission, International Centre for Democratic Transition & the Diplomatic Academy of Prague, with recruitment and methodological support, including participants’ needs assesment, coming from the CoE – SPS network in the EaP – Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine.

The V4 meets EaP are divided into several thematic blocks plus skills trainings. Topics discussed during the session cover V4 transition experience, successes & failures in regional V4 cooperation, use of twinning as an institution building tool, EU decision making and lobbying, social media campaigns for political activism, preparing official correspondence, grassroots movements to political parties, youth political party organization, citizen diplomacy & civil society, role of think-tanks in public policy, fighting corruption & political transparency.

The program is a 100% scholarship initiative, with all fees, materials and meals (lunches and coffee breaks) and accommodation covered. Participants are expected to cover their travel and visa expenses.

The 2015 program is co-financed by the International Visegrad Fund and the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.

In 2015 three editions will be held:

22 – 26 June 2015
20 – 24 July 2015
7 – 11 September 2015

Applications for the June edition are accepted until 17 May 2015. 

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