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The Summer Seminar is an annual forum for young public policy professionals from South Eastern Europe and the Black Sea region serving as a platform for discussion and networking among young state officials and representatives of think-tanks and research centers.

This long-term regional initiative was launched by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) with the support of a joint project of the Bertelsmann Foundation and the World Bank in 2000 in order to contribute to meeting the most visible and pressing challenges for South-Eastern Europe (SEE) at that time. Since then, EPI continues building actively on this concept which initially targeted young state officials from Bulgaria and Romania working in the field of EU integration.

Throughout the years, the Summer Seminar initiative broadened significantly its scope and geographical coverage. The EU membership prospects for many countries along with the overall processes of democratic transformation and the deep-rooted socio-economic reforms paved the way for a gradual involvement of other countries from the Western Balkans and the Black Sea basin and as of today this traditional initiative covers 15 SEE and Black Sea countries – Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Each year since 2000, after a competitive selection process, the Summer Seminar gathers app. 35 promising young professionals, coming nowadays from all the above-mentioned countries, for a week-long event in the vicinity of the city of Varna at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Thus, by bringing together this diverse group of participants to meet distinguished international experts and practitioners and to discuss not only topics of regional significance but also up-to-date issues in the field of the European politics and economy, EPI aims at encouraging the exchange of good practices in this part of Europe and creating an environment for successful professional networking.

Call for Applications: 17th edition of the Summer Seminar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Economic Policy Institute, Sofia (EPI) organizes the 2016 seventeenth consecutive edition of the Summer Seminar for Young Public Policy Professionals from South Eastern Europe and the Black Sea region. This year’s seminar will be held in the period May 30 – June 3, 2016  in Albena resort at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast with the kind support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria and the Austrian Embassy in Bulgaria.

The Summer Seminar is an annual forum for young public policy professionals from South Eastern Europe (SEE) and the Black Sea region serving as a platform for exchange of experience, know-how and ideas on the current public policy challenges among young state officials and representatives of think-tanks and research centres. The long-term professional training, launched back in 2000, is nowadays a well-known and highly recognized regional initiative, which throughout the years succeeded in creating a vibrant network of over 550 alumni from 15 SEE and Black Sea countries... read more