The European Commission and the British Council announce the forthcoming opening of the Call for applications to the EU Scheme for Young Professionals in the Western Balkans – Round III (YPS 2018), the action implementing two training programmes in EU academic institutions and a regional exchange component for early career civil servants from the six countries of the Western Balkans (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Serbia and Albania).
Applications will be open from 30th August to 13rd September 2018. At the end of selection procedure successful applicants will be offered the opportunity to attend 2 intensive trainings (2 weeks each) at Science Po in Paris (France) named “Executive Certificate in Management and Public Policy” and at College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), as well as to participate at a 2 weeks Regional Exchange Programme to promote the regional cooperation element of the EU integration process at the level of civil service. The EU Scheme Programme, whose working language is only English, will offer up to 30 places, 5 for each country of the region (the actual number of grants awarded may also be less depending on suitability of candidates).This call is open to mid-level civil servants with between 2 and 5 years of working experience in Public Administration involved in policy formulation and strategic planning within Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance, strategic units of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of European Integration/Governmental Directorates/Bodies of European Integration, Institutions responsible for coordination of EU affairs (as specified in the full Pre-Notice and detailed in the Rules of Procedures to be published on project’s website on 30th August 2018).
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence