„Europe of Nations Career Program”
Joint Course of the University of Public Service and the Ministry of Justice
The University of Public Service (Budapest) in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Hungary have launched the “Europe of Nations Career Program” in September 2020 with the objective of preparing Hungarian young professionals and public servants for a successful selection procedure of the European Personnel Selection Office, thus increasing the overall number of Hungarians in the institutions of the European Union.
In order to enhance the efficiency of the lobbying skills of Hungary within the EU it is of vital importance to educate highly qualified, well-prepared young Hungarian professionals and public servants who possess the proper EU-institutional, legal and language knowledge.
The duration of the first “Europe of Nations Career Program” in 2020/2021 was 6 months but from the second year (2021-2022) on the Program has been extended to a one-year-Program (two semesters).
The application is open to every Hungarian university students who completed at least 8 semesters or to every Hungarian citizens under the age of 35 with a BA-/MA-degree or to public servants.
The courses (5 professional and 5 English EU-language classes a week) are running in smaller groups (divided at least into 2) for better efficiency. Contributing to the EU-professional trainings there are other skills development (communication, negotiation, conflict management) trainings. In the frame of the conversation series called “Club Europe” we regularly provide the opportunity for current and graduated participants (Alumni) of the Europe of Nations Career Program to exchange ideas on current EU-affairs with high-level domestic and foreign guests experienced in EU politics.
The Program ends with a final exam and a practice EPSO-test. Those who pass the exam (with a result of at least 70%) receive a certificate.
Program director is Gergely Prőhle, director of Institute for Strategic Studies, former ambassador to Berlin and to Bern.
Aims of the course
- professional preparation for the European public service conducted by distinguished professors and lecturers;
- preparation for the selection procedure of the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO),
- improving language skills by professional language courses.
Requirements for application
- Hungarian citizenship,
- at least 8 completed university semester, or
- BA-/MA-degree under the age of 35, or
- being a public servant since at least 1 year,
- high-level of English (knowledge of an one other official EU-language is an advantage)
- successful fulfilment of the selection process (written part and orientation interview).
- EU law,
- History of the EU and its institutions,
- Administration and functioning of EU institutions,
- EU-policies and decision-making,
- Differentiated integration in theory and in practice,
- EU communication,
- Current economic challenges of the EU,
- EU Diplomacy,
- EU-policy of Hungary – efficient lobbying,
- Focusing on Climate Change – Green policy of the EU,
- Functioning of the European Parliament in practice – lobbying in the EU,
- Representation of national positions,
- EU-policies of the Member States,
- EU professional language,
- Career planning.
In the frame of the conversation series called “Club Europe” we regularly provide the opportunity for current and graduated participants (Alumni) of the Europe of Nations Career Program to exchange ideas on current EU-affairs with high-level domestic and foreign guests experienced in EU politics.
Guests of the Club Europe so far were:
- Íñigo Mendez de Vigo former Spanish Secretary of State for the European Union;
- Jean-Louis Bourlanges, President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly;
- György Fóris, Hungarian EU expert, founder of Bruxinfo;
- Ursula Plassnik former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, former Austrian ambassador to Paris and to Bern;
- Rocco Buttiglione, former Minister for EU-policies, nominated for a post as European Commissioner;
- Kevin Roberts, President of The Heritage Foundation;
- Christian Schmidt, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In the first year 47 participants completed successfully the Program.
For the second year (2021/2022) 19 participants were selected for the two-semester-Program (17 completed successfully), and this September 18 participants has started the Program (2022/2023).