Project title: “Establishing of a Team
Europe – 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
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.
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.).