European Union Visitors Program
What is the EUVP?
The European Union Visitors Program (EUVP) invites young, promising leaders from countries outside the European Union to visit Europe to gain a first-hand appreciation of the EU’s institutions, policies, values, and people to increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts.
The EUVP is jointly sponsored and administered by the European Parliament and the European Commission. An EUVP visit consists of an individual 5- to 8-day program of meetings with EU officials at the EU institutions in Brussels and/or Strasbourg. All programs are coordinated and arranged by the EUVP Secretariat rather than by individual participants. Travel and per diem costs are covered by the EUVP.
Who is eligible to participate?
Ukrainian citizens with a career-related interest in the EU are invited to apply. Ideal candidates, aged 30-40, are professionals in a field where their EUVP experience will enhance their understanding of the EU and contribute positively to their chosen career path. Basic knowledge of the EU institutions and their functioning is a plus. EUVP participants should be fluent in at least one of the EU languages.
Eligible participants fall under one of the following categories:
Politicians, such as members of national and regional Parliaments, party officials and advisers to politicians.
Government/Parliamentary officials. In particular those exercising responsibility in areas of special relevance to the EU.
Media. In particular those exercising an editorial function in areas of special relevance to the EU.
Academics/Think-tanks. In particular those responsible for teaching or researching in the fields of EU.
Civil society actors/Trade unionists (in particular those exercising a national responsibility in the field of international relations), etc.
The EUVP is not open for students. Participants are required to have completed their university education or equivalent training and to have been employed for several years in their chosen career/field.
Non-Ukrainian applicants should contact the EU Delegation in the country of their citizenship.
How are participants selected?
First selection of candidates (usually 4 people per year) is made by the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine. A final decision is taken by a Management Committee in Brussels chaired jointly by staff of the European Parliament and the European Commission. Selected candidates will be notified in the second half of 2020. The participants will then choose the dates of their study visits from a list of dates in 2021 that will be offered to them.
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