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The European Institute – Denmark provides technical assistance to EU candidate Countries, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), EU Member States and other countries.

Technical Assistance is provided in the following areas:

·      EU-Integration, such as preparation for membership, EU-negotiations and negotiation techniques; EU-information to the public; decision-making at the national and EU level; approximation of national law to the acquis communautaire.

·      Public administration, such as general management training; human resource management; institution building; organisational development and restructuring; public health; transport; finance and English language training for foreigners.

·      Lifelong Learning Program - Education and Culture DG, Grundtvig Partnerships, "PILGWAY The Pilgrim Way: A Route to Cultural and Social Integration in Europe", 2008-ongoing

·      Training in Danish Municipalities

·     Technical Assistance is provided by training and counselling. 

The assistance is conducted with a practical approach aimed at civil servants in central and local governments, as well as special target groups such as parliamentarians, journalists and organisations in the non-public sector. The services include “training of trainers”. Major donors are the European Commission and Danish governmental programs.

Within the last years the Institute has provided substantial services in Central and Eastern Europe and Croatia in support of their preparation for the upcoming EU Membership. In the course of the distinct programs the Institute has trained about 6,000 civil servants, members of parliament and EU journalists. In addition, the Institute has implemented seminars within the field of combating fraud in the Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Baltic States.

The European Institute is an independent organisation with a close relationship to the ministries in Copenhagen, in particular the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Mr Niels Ersbøll, former Secretary-General of the Council General Secretariat in Brussels (1980-94) and the Danish Foreign Minister’s representative at the Intergovernmental Conference for the Amsterdam Treaty has been the Chairman of the Board of the European Institute. The total staff of the Institute is approximately 30, including people on a part time basis.

For further information please contact:

Managing Director, Ms. Karen Vestergaard-Poulsen