Brussels, 9 June 2022 (TDI): The Secretary-General of the EU External Action Service, Stefano Sannino announced laying the basis for the European Diplomatic Academy under the aegis of EU’s High Representative, Josep Borrell, and the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy Service.

Sannino expressed gratitude to the European Parliament for supporting and devoting resources to the idea of creating a true EU diplomatic spirit.

In addition to this, the College of Europe and the College of Europe in Natolin will run the pilot project.

The Secretary-General mentioned that the European University Institute (EUI) and European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) will draw up the feasibility study for a permanent academy.

Sannino also stated that the EU diplomats will be studying and training together to build a common strategic vision for stronger joint action.

Pilot academic program of the European Diplomatic Academy

In 2021, EU External Action highlighted that the EEAS–RM.HR.4 Division will launch a call for tenders utilizing a middle-value negotiated procedure for the provision of a pilot academic program of the European Diplomatic Academy.

Accordingly, the procedure for procurement was to be tentatively launched in the first quarter of this year. Thus, the EEAS call for tenders was open to those with interest in the tender. Also, it had a deadline for inscription, that is, for the expression of interest.

College of Europe

The establishment of the College was on the initiative of the Hague Congress dating back to 1949. It is the oldest postgraduate institute of European studies.

In relation to the founding idea, it was to form an institution whereby university graduates from European countries will study. As well as live together in preparation for careers with connection to European cooperation and integration.

Since 1992, the two campuses that the College operates on are based in Bruges, Belgium, and Natolin, Warsaw, Poland.

Many students from across Europe and beyond benefit from multicultural learning experiences prior to starting international careers.

Moreover, it is a College that is characterized by its academic independence, bilingualism, diversity of its teaching staff, and its multicultural environment. All of which create a genuine European ‘microcosm’.

Along with the academic programs in Bruges and Natolin, students are provided with a specialized grounding in the European dimension of their fields of study. Together with an in-depth understanding of Europe in all its complexity.

As a result of working in unity within an international community of students, academic assistants, faculty, and staff members from the continent and beyond, students experience Europe firsthand.

Most importantly, they also benefit from various teaching methods as well as from challenging teamwork and negotiation exercises.


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