The programmes are funded by the government of Latvia together with the governments of Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America. They are offered with a special focus on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries, Central Asia and the Western Balcans. The specific beneficiary countries covered are set for each programme period by an agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the other donors, and the list of eligible countries for the Autumn 2016 Programme are Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
The objective of the programmes is to provide training that is useful with regard to the relations between on the one hand the international community and the European Union, and on the other hand the ENP countries, Central Asia and the Western Balkans. It is also the intention to provide a knowledge transfer that is based on the experience of Latvia and the other donors in their international relations.
During more than 20 years, Latvia has accumulated a huge and unique experience and expertise in the field of European integration that can be valuable for countries wishing to expand their international relations.
The programmes will offer an excellent opportunity for the representatives of the various countries to learn from the experience of Latvia and the other donors. These programmes will offer practical support to the efforts of the ENP countries, Central Asia and the Western Balkans to engage in international relations, including cooperation and development of relations with the European Union.
Riga Graduate School of Law will provide programme supervision in cooperation with the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with consultation of the international donors.
Programme participants will benefit from additional support from partners that include the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, the University of Latvia, and the European Institute for Public Administration.
- Training for public officials, as well as representatives of civil society and academia, from the eligible countries
- Focus on the understanding of the legal, economic and political aspects of international relations, using an interdisciplinary approach that is based on both teaching and practical experience
- Awarding a special Certificate, beyond the scope of individual training courses, and to allow for later possible conversion, at the personal expense of the students, toward a full Master’s degree
The course subjects have been selected so as to ensure both the diversity and integrity of the interdisciplinary approach adopted, that has a focus on Law & Economics, with a consideration also of policy issues.
As a general principle, the programme seeks to identify fundamental principles and values in each of the fields included, so as to contribute to the common understanding of such principles and values, in addition to the more technical skills related to international negotiations, institutional cooperation and organisational structures, including the European Union.
Electives are offered during part of the programme, so as to allow participants to adjust the programme content to meet their specific needs and interests.