On 11 November 2019, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, launched the seventh session of the Intensive Programme in European Law and Economics, which is a training programme for professionals from the countries of the EU’s Eastern Partnership, Southern neighbourhood and Western Balkans supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the aim of them learning about the principles of the functioning of the European Union in order to promote further cooperation.
In her remarks to the participants of the programme, the Parliamentary Secretary underlined that this was an exciting time for studies since we could follow significant changes with our own eyes, see how cooperation between the participating countries has evolved and how the EU is able to set and achieve goals in various fields. The knowledge acquired and contacts built during studies helps the participants drive the necessary change in their countries and stimulates their professional growth, said Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica.
The autumn session of the Intensive Programme brings together 25 young professionals representing public administration, civil society and the academic sector from 11 countries and territories – Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Moldova, Palestine, Ukraine, and Kosovo. During the six-week programme, students will visit various public institutions and agencies in Latvia and make a week-long study trip to Brussels and Luxembourg, where they will explore the work of EU institutions.
The Intensive Programme is run by Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL) in association with the University of Latvia, the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs and the European Institute of Public Administration. The programme is also supported by funding from the Swedish Government.
The Intensive Programmes in European Law and Economics has been implemented by Riga Graduate School of Law since 2016, and the school has also been running the three-month Advanced Programme since 2014. The programmes are partly financed from the development assistance policy funds earmarked in the budget of Latvia. Contributions have also been provided by Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States America.
More than 300 participants from 19 countries have graduated from the Advanced and Intensive Programmes since 2014. They are applying their newly acquired knowledge and experience towards the promotion of growth in their home countries and to enhance international cooperation. In autumn 2019, a course in the Advanced Programme is also being implemented for 32 professionals from the Eastern Partnership and Central Asian Countries with financial support from the Norwegian Government.
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