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Beyond Erasmus: Education, Exchanges and Employment opportunities for youth in the EU and Turkey (Phase I)

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Beyond Erasmus: Education, Exchanges and Employment opportunities for youth in the EU and Turkey (Phase I)

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC), in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) office in Turkey has recently concluded the first of a phase of a hybrid educational programme titled “Beyond Erasmus: Education, Exchanges and Employment opportunities for youth in the EU and Turkey”. The project promotes Erasmus+ student mobility, youth exchanges, internships, training courses, networking, access to funding for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), free market entrepreneurship and Civil Society Organisations (CSO).

The project aims to create exchanges with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, further training and career prospects for youth in EU and Turkey. Participants from Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Turkey gained skills in the private, civil society and public sector, while staying anchored to EU legislation, strategies and new priority topics. Throughout the sessions, participants were encouraged to support each other and develop their professional networks. Against the current context of Turkish isolation, the project had a strong focus on establishing lasting friendships and exchanging ties as well as instilling skills, instruments and future financial options within the participants to support liberal universal values and cementing ties between the EU and Turkey.

During the first phase (October-November 2021) 40 participants – mainly young graduates – from Turkey, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands – attended a series of six online training sessions engaging with inspiring and talented professionals from Europe and Turkey working in media, audiovisual, think tank, Civil Society, European Commission, Academia and private sector.

After University: What now? Employment opportunities, academic career, CSOs, internships

The first session allowed participants to meet with successful professional figures, from the art and entertainment sectors, as well as civil society and journalism. The session featured the insights of three experts who shared their experiences, stories and lessons learned from working in different professions both in the EU and Turkey, while providing useful “dos and don’ts” tips regarding their respective professions.

Asli Ece Kocak (Communication Officer at the Truth Justice Memory Center) talked about her experiences in the civil society sector, employment opportunities in Turkey in this specific field and how the situation has changed during the last years in relation with the political changes in the country. Andri Haflidason (Musician and visual artist) advised the participants to invest time on what they want to do, even if they don’t generate an income they create opportunities for future employment, while Jack Parrock (Journalist Correspondent for Deutsche Welle) provided personal insights from the world of media and advised those who want to pursue a career in journalism to always sharpen their skills (language, writing, camera, presentation etc.).

“CV Writing and Interview Skills – Personal Brand Building”

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The second session allowed participants to get valuable information on CV writing, job interviews and other practical lessons. During a highly interactive course our group had the opportunity to engage and learn from two experts in the field of human resources and job applications.

Sven Gerst (PhD candidate in Political Philosophy at the Department of Political Economy at King’s College in London) shared his experience in academic, business and CSO CV writing. He highlighted that every CV should be constructed based on the specific needs of the position you apply for, give emphasis on your achievements and follow the three main principles of relevance, structure, and clean text. Julie Vandermeulen (Head of Storytelling at Rise and Founder of Clarity Kit) advised the participants that their professional story should be developed initially as a blueprint, it must be clear, convincing and memorable in order to be conveyed in a wider audience.

Access to Funding I

The third session focused on fundraising and further learning in Turkey with EU support after Erasmus. Participants were able to meet and learn from experts in EU fundraising and other learning opportunities in Turkey, including job opportunities in EU-based CSO’s on democracy, media freedom, anti-corruption, privacy, and GDPR.

Emre Gür (Key expert at EU Think Civil – Sivil Düşün – Programme) talked about the Instrument of pre-accession assistance (IPA) programmes. He noted that the IPA is constructed from the following components i) assistance for transition and institution building, ii) cross – border cooperation, iii) regional development iv) human resources, vi) rural development. Mr. Gür spoke in more detail about two specific programmes: a) COSME which supports entrepreneurs by strengthening education, mentoring, guidance and other support services and b) Creative Europe programme which has two sector initiatives. The Culture sector initiatives, such as those promoting cross-border cooperation, platforms, networking, and literary translation. The Audiovisual sector initiatives, such as those promoting the development, distribution, or access to audiovisual works. Medeni Sungur (Founder of Kuest Media) devoted more attention to fundraising sources such as, major individual donors, campaigns, planed giving, capital campaigns, government entities and crowdfunding among others. He guided the participants through the initial preparation phase of a fund application and provided them with the initial know – how of fundraising blueprint.

Access to Funding II

The fourth session focused once more on the fundraising opportunities but this time it looked into access to funding from a top-down angle. Starting with the European Commission and the political process between the EU and Turkey, to how important it is to understand the different dimensions regarding funds towards, public institutions, academia and civil society.

Bernard Brunet (Head of the Unit at DG Near – Strategy and Turkey) talked about the political and economical situation between EU and Turkey and how it has evolved in recent years. He highlighted that the recent political developments in Turkey especially regarding the parliament and judiciary system have been weakened systematically which results in non-cooperation in key areas such as the human rights, fundamental freedoms and rule of law among others. Furthermore, he added that the difficult economic reality of Turkey is indicating that a wider part of the population is faced with harsh economic circumstances. Andrea Karlsson (Programme Manager at the European Endowment for Democracy) shared her professional experiences in the CSO field and advised the participants to search beyond the EU initiated funding programmes. She spotlighted that there are numerous professional fields that can engage in funding opportunities regarding EU-Turkey programmes, thus by having a mixture of academic or professional skills is always an advantage.

“The Future of Economy and Entertainment”

The fifth session enabled participants to engage with a panel of experts on topics ranging from employment, society, politics, economics and innovation. The session aimed at highlightign themes and topics which will be relevant societally and also in terms of employment for the future. The discussion focused on technology, data, information, entertainment, privacy, and health.

Christina Mercuriadi – Director of EU Affairs at Motion Picture Association and Giuseppe Porcaro – Head of Outreach and Governance at Bruegel devoted particular attention to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created for their field of work but also for the general world wide economy. The discussion evolved around the importance of technology and entertainment in which both of the speakers underscored the relevance of enriching your skills either through trainings or by pursuing a second or third degree in a relevant field of their work. By following an AI or law-related degree, depending on someone’s academic or early professional background, they will have the opportunity to work across and within different sectors that interest them, the interconnectedness of different work fields today is more relevant than ever.

EU-Turkey Relations

The sixth and final session examined the historical, economical, and cultural relations between the EU and Turkey. The session aimed to understand the reasons of what went wrong, and encouraged participants to think how previous mistakes can be avoided, tackled and improved by the new generations.

Çiğdem Nas (Secretary General at the Economic Development Foundation) talked about the EU – Turkey long historical relations and how those have evolved especially the prism of the Association Agreement. Mrs. Nas devoted particular attention to the problems that arise through the Association Process agreement, especially from the EU side such as the integration capacity, the enlargement fatigue, the rise of Euroscepticism and the populist rise on right-wing politics in the EU. The ongoing standstill in relations between Cyprus and Turkey which have international complications and stretch beyond the boundaries of it, and including the rising frictions in the Eastern Mediterranean between Turkey and Greece, are halting all progress that the EU and Turkey can have. Samuel Doveri Vesterbye (Managing Director of the European Neighbourhood Council), recognized that the initial far-fetched attempt regarding Turkey’s rapid accession to the EU through the Ankara Agreement created an enormous, entangled political mess. Mr. Vesterbye, noted also the positive side of the EU – Turkey relations, which apart from the obvious geopolitical and connectivity reasons, Turkey will benefit by the general diversity of the Union.

Concluding, apart from the online sessions, the first part of the Beyond Erasmus programme also included the preparation of a project proposal assignment, which through it, the participants will compete for the second round of the Beyond Erasmus programme. The top eight finalists, four from the EU and four from Turkey, based on gender balance, will be welcomed in Brussels during February 2022 for an educational one-week networking trip. Finally, the third phase of the Beyond Erasmus programme will conclude with the delivery of four lectures which will take place in two Turkish Universities and two EU-based academic institutions. Stay tuned with ENC to find out more about the upcoming activities of our Beyond Erasmus projects during 2022.

Release of ENC Analysis – Analysis of Political Parties’ Policies & Public Sector Opinions in Armenia

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The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) is glad to introduce a new feature entitled “ENC Analysis“. The latter will display analyses by our Academic Council Members and External Advisors on relevant topics regarding the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) area and wider Europe.

The first ENC Analysis features the study by Stepan Grigoryan, Tatev Matinyan and Hasmik Grigoryan which measures the Armenian public’s opinions on the European Union, NATO, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The final objective of the study is to promote informed public debate within the country on Western values and institutions.

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The full analysis is available in PDF format below.

pdf Analysis of Political Parties’ Policies and Public Sector Opinions in Armenia regarding the EU, NATO, CSTO, and the EEU

 

European Training Programme 2018-2019: Unlocking the Workings of the EU

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Venue (2)European Training Programme 2018-2019: Unlocking the Workings of the EU

Module 1

Learn more about how the EU institutions and policy-making works through the European Training Programme.

TRAINING OVERVIEW:

The programme aims at providing a thorough understanding of the EU’s internal workings on a variety of different topics, ranging from external relations in trade, energy and investment to security, innovation, and banking reforms.

Offering 12 topic-specific sessions, the participants will be able to gain multiple insights from different backgrounds. In particular, each session will be constructed in two parts, the first of which will feature a keynote speaker from the EU institutions, who will provide an institutional perspective and introduction to the specific topic.

The second part of each session will encompass a contribution from the rest of the panel, the composition of which varies each week according to the topic in question. Generally speaking, the second part of the panel will be comprised of two experts: one corporate and one academic or expert speaker from NGOs, Academia, Private Sector, Industrial Associations etc.

Each session will also include a short break between the two parts, which will give the participants ample opportunity to exchange ideas with the speakers.

In this way, you will leave the training having gained a comprehensive view on a vast number of EU-interested issues.

TARGET AUDIENCE:

The programme is dedicated to diplomats, EU officials, the private sector, NGOs, and individuals who are interested in deepening their knowledge on the workings of the EU institutions.

FEES:

350€ (VAT excluded)

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

The programme will be repeated in three modules:

  • 1st Module: 09/04/2018-30/06/2018
  • 2nd Module: 01/10/2018-17/12/2018
  • 3rd Module: 21/01/2019-08/04/2019

Each module will last 12 weeks, with a two-hour session per week.

DRAFT PROGRAMME:

Week 1

Date & Time: 10/04/2018, 10.00-12.00

Venue: European Neighbourhood Council (Rue Washington 40, 1050 Ixelles)

Topic: EU structures and decision-making under Lisbon Treaty provisions (EU institutions and their interaction/Impact of BREXIT on EU governance, policy formulation and decision making)

Keynote Speaker: Dave Keating, Journalist

Panel:

Dr. Seda Gurkan, Lecturer at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Petr Novak, European Parliament – Administrator – Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)

Moderator: Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director

Week 2

Date & Time: 17/04/2018, 10.00-12.00

Venue: European Neighbourhood Council (Rue Washington 40, 1050 Ixelles)

Topic: EU structures and decision-making under Lisbon Treaty provisions (The EU budget/Strengthening of the EU economic governance in the aftermath of the financial crisis)

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Michele Chang, Professor at College of Europe (Bruges)

Panel:

Andrej Stuchlik, Policy Adviser, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm, Research & Advocacy Coordinator at Transparency International EU

Moderator: Dr. Andrea Mogni, ENC External Advisor & Senior Expert at the Global Governance Institute.

The subscription to the programme is valid for all three modules, in case of unavailability to attend certain sessions.

Week 3

Date & Time: 23/04/2018, 10:00-12:00

Venue: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli A5G-1

Topic: EU Thematic (internal) Policies (1): (Sustainability – environment, circular economy and climate change issues, including financing for adaptation and mitigation)

Opening Remarks: Ilhan Kyuchyuk, MEP (ALDE) & AFET Member

Keynote Speaker: Wendel Trio, Director at Climate Action Network

Panel:

Niels Schuster, International Relations Officer, DG CLIMA

Dr. Katja Biedenkopf, Assistant Professor at Leuven International and European Studies, KU Leuven

Moderator: Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director

Week 4

Date & Time: 30/04/2018, 10.00-12.00

Venue: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli A5G-1

Topic: EU Thematic (internal) Policies (2): Innovation (Innovation Union, Digital Europe, Connecting Europe, Horizon 2020 and annual action plans, Smart cities)

Keynote Speaker: Helen Kopman, Deputy Head of Unit, Start-ups & Innovation, DG Connect

Panel:

Louis Papaemmanouel, Expert in Funding for Startups and SMEs, Director of EU Startup Services

Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission, Research and Innovation (RTD)

Moderator: Dr. Andrea Mogni, ENC External Advisor & Visiting Professor at Saint Louis University.

Week 5

Date & Time: 08/05/18, 10.00-12.00

Venue: InfoPoint Europa, Rue Archimede 1, (1st floor)

Topic: EU Thematic (internal) Policies (3): Investment (The EFSI programme and EU policies and incentives to attract FDI to Europe)

Keynote Speaker: Lucas Lenchant, Policy Advisor at the European Investment Bank (EIB)

Panel:

Jacek Truszczynski, Policy Coordinator at DG ECFIN

James Watson, Director of Economics at Business Europe

Moderator: Dr. Andrea Mogni, ENC External Advisor & Visiting Professor at Saint Louis University.

Week 6

Date & Time: 14/05/18, 10:00-12:00

Venue: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli A5G-1

Topic: EU Thematic (internal) Policies (4): Industrial Development (SMEs development and their internationalization-COSME programme and the role of the EIB)

Keynote Speaker: Giacomo Mattino, Head of Unit – Enterprise Europe Network and Internationalisation of SMEs, DG GROW

Panel:

Maria Pia Vigliarolo del Colombo, Policy Officer – SME policy activities and mainstreaming of SME policy, DG GROW

Armando Melone, Policy Officer – COSME Financial Instruments, DG GROW

Moderator: Andreas Marazis, ENC Head Researcher for Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Week 7

Date & Time: 22/05/18, 10:00-12:00

Venue: InfoPoint Europa, Rue Archimede 1, (1st floor)

Topic: Trade and Foreign Investment Policies and Issues (1): EU Trade Policies and the new EU anti-dumping legislation/EU Market Access and rules of origin provisions in the context of globalized supply chains

Keynote Speaker: Fabrice d’Aprile, Deputy Head of Unit General Policy and WTO relations, relations with industry, DG TRADE

Panel:

Deniz Servantie, Independent Consultant

Eleonora Catella, Senior Adviser, Business Europe

Moderator: Dr. Andrea Mogni, ENC External Advisor & Visiting Professor at Saint Louis University.

Week 8 (postponed)

New Date & Time: 02/07/18, 10.00-12.00

Venue: InfoPoint Europa, Rue Archimede 1, (1st floor)

Topic: Trade and Foreign Investment Policies and Issues (2): New Risks (fiscal dumping, competitive devaluations, exchange rate manipulations)/The EU in WTO

Keynote Speaker: Guus Houttuin, EEAS Adviser Trade Issues and Business Coordinator

Panel:

Prof. Pierre-Guillaume Meon, Professor of Economics at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Director of the Centre Emile Bernheim

Dominique Orsini, Managing Director, Political Edge

Moderator: Dr. Andrea Mogni, ENC External Advisor & Visiting Professor at Saint Louis University.

Week 9

Date & Time: 06/06/2018, 10.00-12.00

Venue: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli, A1E-1

Topic: Trade and Foreign Investment Policies and Issues (3): The EU and International Sanction Regimes/The EU’s FTA, BIT, CU, DCFTA, EPA, EBA, PCA and AA negotiations and agreements

Keynote Speaker: Balazs Kiss, Policy Coordinator at DG Trade

Panel:

Martin Russell, Research Administrator at European Parliament

Dr. Laura Puccio, Research Administrator at European Parliament

Moderator: Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director

Week 10

Date & Time: 12/06/2018, 10.00-12.00

Venue: InfoPoint Europa, Rue Archimede 1, (1st floor)

Topic: Trade and Foreign Investment Policies and Issues (4): Development policies and policies towards the countries in transition (BRICs, ACPs, transition countries in the EU Neighbourhood and the Balkans)/Investment facilitation instruments (the role of the EIB, EBRD and European Investment/Development financial institutions)

Keynote Speaker: Franco Conzato, Deputy Head of Unit, Results and Business Processes DEVCO confirmed

Panel:

Paulus Geraedts, Team Leader, Outreach and investment services, Secretariat of the External Investment Plan, European Commission

Fernando Nino-Page, Policy Officer, Neighbourhood South, Maghreb, DG NEAR

Moderator: Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director

Week 11

Date & Time: 20/06/2018, 10.00-12.00

Venue: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli, A5G-1

Topic: EU External Policies: (Public Diplomacy/Strategic Communication/Human Rights/EU and Civil Society Organisations (EU external instruments (EIDHRs, Partnership Instrument, Instrument for Stability, thematic DCI))

Keynote Speaker: Pietro De Matteis, Advisor on Public Diplomacy at the EEAS

Panel:

Tika Tsertsvadze, International Advocacy Manager – International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR)

Anneli Ahonen, East Stratcom Task Force, Strategic Communications, EEAS

Moderator: Andreas Marazis, ENC Head Researcher for Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Week 12

Date & Time: 26/06/18, 10.00-12.00

Venue: InfoPoint Europa, Rue Archimede 1, (1st floor)

Topic: EU policies and instruments in the fields of Security, Defence, anti-Terrorism and Migration (EU relations with the UN and NATO/The role of the European Defense Agency)

Keynote Speaker: Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director

Panel:

Elena Lazarou, Senior Policy Analyst, European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS)

Shahr-yar Sharei, Executive Director – Center for United Nations Constitutional Research (CUNCR)

Moderator: Andreas Marazis, ENC Head Researcher for Eastern Europe & Central Asia

With the exception of the first two sessions, the remaining ten meetings will be evenly distributed between the European Parliament and the Infopoint Europa (Rue Archimede 1, 1st floor).

The registration is now open for participants who wish to attend the first cycle of trainings. Due to limited seats available you are encouraged to register early by sending an e-mail to media@encouncil.org using “European Training Programme” as a subject.

For more information regarding the topics, check the European Training Programme brochure below.

pdfEuropean Training Programme Brochure