Call for Applications: Fifth Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy

European Union, 2018
European Union, 2018

The Regional Office “Dialogue Eastern Europe” of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation invites young progressive leaders aged 20-35 to apply for the 5th edition of the Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy, which will take place from 9th till 15th of September 2018 in Ukraine (Kyiv and Dnipro).

The 5th Academy will focus on energy and climate policy in the Eastern Partnership Region, considering the global energy market transformation and challenges that trigger global climate change. A special attention will be paid to the social dimension of energy transition and its impact on the labor market as well as on social security aspects.

During an intensive 6-day-programme, participants will go through a carefully balanced program of lectures and discussions with top experts, politicians and activists about issues on modern energy policies in Eastern Partnership countries, Germany and Russia. Furthermore, summit participants will work on recommendations to promote a fair and equitable transition to renewable energies in the region.

Under professional guidance, participants will have the opportunity to promote their soft skills, to practice group-to-group negotiations and learn how to reach consensus despite various standpoints.

Goals of the programme:

  • Academy is primarily aimed at around 16 candidates who are committed to social democratic values, and who are interested in strengthening the political dialogue between their nations and the other countries of the region as well as the European Union.
  • Besides promoting peaceful dialogue, mutual understanding, and the exchange of social democratic policies the Academy offers participatory workshops on practical key competences and soft skills.
  • The programme will give deep insight into the political situation in the region on the example of Ukraine and will provide an opportunity for high level discussions with politicians and civil society experts.
  • The Academy is based on a growing, sustainable network of Eastern European future leaders who are willing to facilitate dialogue among young, committed, and progressive people open for finding new ideas to cooperate with one another.

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Opportunity type

Training