Monday, 15 August 2016 / Published in News

In coopration with its foreign partners from Lithuania and London, ESD is training Estonian officials for the Estonian EU Council Presidency in 2017. The project is called “Horisontal trainings for the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union“. The purpose of the project is to train approximately 1000 Estonian presidency staff and to prepare them for a successful EU Council presidency in the second half of 2017. The long term purpose of the project is to raise general qualifications of Estonian officials for working in the civil service.

The trainings are carried out by international concortium – the ECE Group – that consists the following organisations:
ESD – Estonian School of Diplomacy (Tallinn, Estonia)
CPDS – Center of Political and Diplomatic Studies (London, UK)
ESTEP – European social, economic and law consultancy (Vilnius, Lithuania)

The trainings take palce in Tallinn and Brussels from March 2016 until Feb 2017. The number of participants is reaches to 1000 people from various ministries and relevant sub-agenses.

During the trainings 5 thematic modules will be covered:
EU Institutions and Decision-Making
EU Law
Negotiating in the EU
Cooperation with European Parliament
Chairing the EU Council meetings

The ECE Group pool of trainers includes lecturers from Estonia, UK, Lithuania, Slovenia, Ireland

Public trender for this project was launched by Ministry of Finance and State Chancellery, and it is financed by the European Social Fund

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Monday, 04 July 2016 / Published in News

On 6-10 June 2016 ESD hosted 10 diplomats from the Central Asia: Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan. The four countries have been in the focus of ESD since 2014. The program of the multilateral study visit, that was financed by the Estonian development cooperation, involved meetings in Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Parliament, State Chancellery and other state institutions. The purpose of the visit was to reinforce relations between Estonian and Central Asian officials, to present Estonian reform experience and enhance knowlegde on Baltic and Nordic cooperation. The visit also included meetings in Helsinki, in Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the Crisis Management Initative (CMI) organisation.

The visit is part of a larger project that will host foreign diplomats in Estonia from Central Asia, Northen Africa and the Middle East between 2016-2017. Next stuy visit to diplomats form Northen Africa is scheduled on 17-21 Oct.

The project is financed from the recourses of Estonian development cooperation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.