CDRSEE partner The European Fund for the Balkans kicked off its fellowship programme, sending 20 government officials, expenses paid, to other state institutions to work and learn for three months.
The 20 officials received full scholarships under the EFB project, “Fellowship Programme for Young Government Officials from the Western Balkans: Supporting Excellence and Leadership in Governance”. They will work and learn at state institutions in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands and Poland.
This is the sixth generation of fellows supported by the EFB. They gathered for the Introductory Seminar, which took place in Potsdam, Germany, from April 4 to April 12, 2014. The eight-day seminar offered the participants cutting-edge knowledge of and experience in the administrative and political developments and dynamics. The fellows had the chance to discuss their plans for their fellowship, receive individual advice, present their professional and personal goals and prepare themselves for the fellowship programme.
CDRSEE Executive Director Nenad Sebek joined the seminar as a facilitator of the final workshop: Country Presentations “Selling my country to the European Union”. The training was organized together with Bernd-Friedrich Voigt (Dipl.-Psych), founder and owner of Managing Organizations, an international consulting company operating in the field of business psychology. This workshop was dedicated to improving participants’ presentation skills and techniques with a special focus on the presentations of their countries. The session was an excellent opportunity for fellows to test their presentation skills and receive direct feedback from the two facilitators and other members of the group. The second part of the day was dedicated to discussing the EU accession issues and challenges of each Western Balkan country, by analysing how the countries are typically presented (or present themselves). The main issues were discussed in groups, and then conclusions and recommendations for further action were presented as a successful wrap-up of the session.
The fellows have now entered the second traineeship phase where they will have an opportunity to practice the skills gained at the first seminar. The programme will conclud with the final seminar at the end of June in Brussels and Bruges, when the participants will be given an opportunity to meet high-ranking officials of European Institutions, learn about the current developments in Europe and receive training on leadership and change management.
For more information on the programme, please click here: http://balkanfund.org/programme-areas/practicing-europe/fellowship-programme-for-young-government-officials-from-western-balkans-supporting-excellence-and-leadership-in-governance/