V4 in Europe - Visegrad School of Political Studies

V4 in Europe

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The V4 in Europe is an initiative created to inspire a debate on the crucial challenges faced by the European Union and the role of Visegrad cooperation. The program will present the shared experience and achievements of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, as well as the opportunities laying before the 4 countries, when they act together within the EU. V4 in Europe will foster dialogue between two generations: young professionals, acting as educators by sharing their experience and knowledge; and high school students, who will gain insight into the relations between main European stakeholders and a chance to interact with peers from V4 countries.

The V4 in Europe program will gather 20 young leaders from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, who share a passion for international relations and European integration, want to get involved with their community, demonstrate leadership potential and desire to take an active role in positively shaping the world around them. They will deepen their expertise in the European affairs and act as mentors for the younger generation.

Benefits for participants:

  • Receiving a full-scholarship, covering workshops, materials, certificates, accommodation, meals and travel expenses. 

  • Acquiring knowledge to become an expert in European affairs, acting as a speaker during an international conference.

  • Obtaining an activist toolkit – fundamental skills required to be successful in influencing the dialogue in communities, as well as regional and national governments.

  • Participating in the Council of Europe’s World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, France, joining the network of leaders from 21 Schools of Political Studies.

  • Receiving 2 diplomas, from the VSPS and European Academy of Diplomacy, as well as Council of Europe  (upon successful completion of the program and fulfillment of all requirements).

  • Access to an online negotiations course.

  • Access to the EAD Alumni Club and Career Office.

  • World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg (7-11 November 2017) “Is Populism a Problem?”

Participation in the biggest conference organized every year by the Council of Europe, gathering over 2000 politicians, diplomats, experts, journalists, civil society activists and others. The 2017 World Forum for Democracy will focus on the role of political parties and media in the context of rising populism. A growing disconnect between citizens and political elites and dramatic changes in the media ecosystem are a challenge for democracy as we know it. New political and media actors and practices are emerging, offering opportunities for direct, unmediated engagement of the public, unbound by ethical or institutional safeguards.

To find out more about the World Forum for Democracy, please click HERE.

  • Warsaw Session (11 – 14 November 2017)

First workshop session focused on the discussion of the biggest challenges faced by the European Union,  opportunities brought by the Visegrad cooperation, shared experience and achievements of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, as well as presenting the possibilities laying before the 4 countries when they act together internationally in the EU.

  • Cracow Session (11 – 14 January 2018)

2 days of ‘training for trainers’ workshops and discussions on the characteristic of millennials. The participants prepare to take on the role of mentors, speak publicly and create scenarios for high school lessons.

Attendance of the Academy of Young Diplomats conference “The Role of EU and NATO in providing peace and security in Europe” at the Jagiellonian University, organized in partnership with NATO and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Poland. Chosen participants will be asked to act as speakers during panel discussions.

  • Lessons in Schools in V4 countries (January – June 2018)

Each of the participants will be tasked with organizing 2 meetings in high schools in their home countries, to present the topic of Visegrad Group and European Integration to the students and gain insight into the views and attitudes of the younger generation.

  • Summarizing Session in Warsaw (14 – 17 June 2018)

Participants compare their experience with high school students, analyze the outcomes of the meetings and prepare a report with the conclusions on how to shape the public debate through education.

RECRUITMENT IS NOW CLOSED!

Requirements

  • Minimum 21 years of age;

  • Proven interest in international relations and the European Union, involvement and engagement within their community (i.e. involvement in the NGO sector, student unions, local and national political parties);

  • English language competency: C1.

  • Participants must submit the online application form, including:

    • CV

    • letter of motivation

Chosen applicants might be asked to take part in a phone interview.

Responsibilities of participants

  • Active participation in 4 workshop sessions in Warsaw, Strasbourg and Cracow.

  • Elected participants of the VSPS will be asked to act as speakers during the conference in Cracow.

  • Conducting 2 lessons in high schools on the role of Visegrad Group in Europe.

  • Participation in the summarizing session in Warsaw – presenting of the outcomes of the high school meetings and creating a report with the findings.

  • Sharing the Council of Europe and VSPS values (democracy, human rights, rule of law) and committing to their promotion in their respective communities.

The Council of Europe advocates freedom of expression and of the media, freedom of assembly, equality, and the protection of minorities. It has launched campaigns on issues such as child protection, online hate speech, and the rights of the Roma, Europe’s largest minority. The Council of Europe helps member states fight corruption and terrorism and undertake necessary judicial reforms. Its group of constitutional experts, known as the Venice Commission, offers legal advice to countries throughout the world.


The International Visegrad Fund is an inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion based in Bratislava founded by the gov­ern­ments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic—in Štiřín, Czech Republic, on June 9, 2000. The pur­pose of the fund is to facil­i­tate and pro­mote the devel­op­ment of closer coop­er­a­tion among cit­i­zens and insti­tu­tions in the region as well as between the V4 region and other coun­tries, espe­cially in the Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership regions.


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AMO represents a unique and transparent platform where academics, business people, policy makers, diplomats, media, and NGOs can interact in an open and impartial environment.


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