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Project title: “Establishing of a Team Europe – Lithuania”

Country: Lithuania

Recipient authorities: European Committee under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius

Concept of Team Europe. The European Institute has established national networks of Team Europe in Estonia (1998), Lithuania (2003) and Latvia (2003).

Project description:

The overall objective of the project was to establish a Team Europe – Lithuania.

The project took place from January to May 2003 and consisted of an introductory meeting, six EU-courses and three seminars.

The introductory meeting, implemented by the European Institute, included for instance a general introduction to the concept of Team Europe and elements of teambuilding.

The six EU-courses were implemented by the Lithuanian Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) and bore the following titles:

-         “Generel EU introduction” (two days)

-         “Internal Market and the EU Regional Policy” (two days)

-         “The Accession Process” (one day)

-         “Common Agricultural Policy” (one day)

-         “EU Environmental Policy” (one day)

-         “Consequences of EU membership for Lithuania” (two days)

Through the lectures, the participants strengthened their knowledge of European issues. Later, during the project, they attended three seminars, relevant to the dissemination of this knowledge and the networking process between team members. All of the seminars lasted three days and were implemented by the European Institute.

The first seminar was entitled “Knowledge-sharing with Team Europe – Estonia”. The time was mainly spent with exchanging knowledge and experience between members of Team Europe – Estonia and the Lithuanian Team to be established. Also, the seminar included teambuilding activities.

As to the seminar on “Presentation techniques and media training”, the team members were mainly trained in presentation techniques through simulations of their performance on TV. This was done through an interview or a presentation of an EU-topic. Each presentation was recorded on video. After the presentation, the participants received feed- back on both the substance of their presentation and their performance.

Finally, the “Closing Seminar” took place in May 2003 at the Delegation of the European Commission. The Lithuanian Chief Negotiator and Head of the European Committee, Petras Austrevicius, handed over certificates to the 34 new team members and presented a special Team Europe brochure (produced by the European Committee). The brochure contains names of team members and their contact details together with language capabilities and responsibility areas. The members have a good geographical coverage of Lithuania and good coverage of working languages (Lithuanian, English, German, Russian, Polish, etc.).