Thursday, March 30, 2006

Future EU forum: Commission ready to listen but will citizens speak?

A new Commission internet site, available in 20 languages, has been created to start a European citizens forum on the future of the EU after the rejections of the proposed EU constitution in France and the Netherlands.


Friday, March 17, 2006

Traineeship in Budapest

We have a new opportunity available in Budapest, Hungary! Trainee will work on a project which helps the local governments. Main activities:
  • Research on best practices in EU for local support to SMBs.
  • Study for a particular municipality based on above on how to promote support for SMBs in territory.
  • Village / city marketing for investors.
  • Tourism promotion, support for villages / cities.
  • Creating e-market for local SMEs.
More information at: TN-In-HU-MB-2006-1236.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

New traineeship in Poland

We have a new traineeship in LC Białystok, Poland. Traineeship should last 8 weeks, start as soon as possible. Trainee's job description is as follows:

Trainee is going to support poviat in building a cooperative relationship between our organization and organizations in other EU countries, mainly from country that trainee comes from. His / her task will be to gather information about how the tourist infrastructure are structured and ran in the trainee’s own country and to provide recommendations as to how this industry can be developed in Poland. Moreover trainee is going to promote poviat's tourists services in his home country. An additional task will be to help improve the foreign language skills among our employees.

More information: TN-In-PL-BI-2006-1301.

Friday, March 03, 2006

2 new traineeships in Macedonia, 1 matched

We have 2 new traineeships in Macedonia. Secretariat for European Affairs offers 2 internships with following job descriptions:
  • TN-In-MK-SK-2006-1458: Trainee will responsible for organizing events, trainings, logistical and technical support of the unit. As an outcome of the traineeship, there should be research organized, contacts with institutions abroad established and trainings&events organized. More info...
  • TN-In-MK-SK-2006-1462: Trainee will responsible for development of Strategy for Information and Public communication, conducting research of the Strategy for Information and Public communication, presentations for informative purposes for the Strategy and organizing events in concordance with the Secretariat. More info...
The other good news is that a traineeship in Unit of local self-government Gorce Petrov is matched with Maarika KIRIKMÄE from Estonia, LC Tartu (SN-In-EE-TU-2006-1387). Congratulations!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Cities of the future - global competition, local leadership

The urban population explosion which is forecast positions cities as the engines for developing the society of the future and means we are at a defining point in how our urban future unfolds. In the report PricewaterhouseCoopers asks city leaders about the challenges their cities face; international and national, external and internal, how they are responding to them and what their plans are for the future.

PricewaterhouseCoopers has identified six areas of significant challenge that have to be taken into account when creating a strategy for the future:
  • Intellectual and social capital
  • Democratic capital
  • Culture and leisure capital
  • Environmental capital
  • Technical capital
  • Financial capital
More information about the report as well as the document itself you can find here.

3 interesting books from UNDP

I think that many of you may find followin book very interesting. "The new public finance. Responding to global challenges" takes stock of how public finance has changed in response to the challenges--exigencies and opportunities--presented by globalization.

The book examines a wide gamut of new and innovative policies and financing instruments that governments can--and increasingly, do--use to manage cross-border risks and respond in a more affordable and sustainable way to global challenges such as avian flu, climate change, excessive financial volatility, commodity price fluctuations, or international terrorism.

Next book "Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization" addresses the long overdue issue of how to adjust the concept of public goods to today's economic and political realities. It examines a series of managerial and political challenges that pertain to the design and implementation of product strategies as well as the monitoring and evaluation of global public goods provision. Suggestions are presented on a number of policy reforms and recommendations are made on how to move in a more feasible and systematic way towards a fairer process of globalization that works in the interests of all.

The third book worth mentioning here is "Global Public Goods: International Cooperation in the 21st Century". Edited by the UNDP, this collection of papers offers a new rationale and frame work for international development cooperation. Its main argument is that in actual practice development cooperation has already moved beyond aid. In the name of aid (i.e. assistance to poor countries), we are today dealing with issues such as the ozone hole, global climate change, HIV, drug trafficking and financial volatility. All of these issues are not really poverty-related. Rather, they concern global housekeeping: ensuring an adequate provision of global public goods.

More information you can find at this website and at Oxford University Press.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Check this out - this group of UK volunteers wrote WriteToThem, a system to help people contact their elected representatives. It's beautifully designed and coded, all open source etc, and people are really using it.

Source: Ideal Government Europe.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

AIESEC alumnus, elected as new President of Portugal

Portugal's former centre-right prime minister Anibal Cavaco Silva, who has vowed to help revive a stagnant economy, narrowly won a presidential election on Sunday in the first round, official results showed.

Mr. Silva, the former Prime Minister of Portugal held the democratic position of a Prime Minister for 10 years. Though Mr. Silva’s leadership experience and positions started in way back to when he was in university and was a member of AIESEC. He was Vice-President of the AIESEC local office in ISCEF, Lisbon. Mr. Silva joined AIESEC in 1959 and through participating in various activities developed his network and his leadership skills.

Mr. Silva was also involved in the expansion of AIESEC in Brazil and Africa. He went on to work for the organization for 2 years during his university life.

Apart from bring involved in work, it is through AIESEC that Mr.Silva was able to build his network in and outside Portugal by participating in various national conferences in Portugal.

He has always admired AIESEC and still supports the organization through way of an endorsement. The last time he said ‘“AIESEC is an open space for achievements in the modern world for young students of economics and management”.

Mr. Silva is an alumnus of AIESEC and is one of the many political leaders this organization has give the initial platform to gain leadership experience. Some of the other leaders in the world that are alumni of the organization are Mr. Maarti Athisaari, former President of Finland, Mr. Aleksander Kwasniewski, former President of Poland, Helmut Kohl, former chancellor of Germany and many more.

More information at