How Europe Works: A First-Hand Perspective on EU Institutions 2022 (for SEE countries)

The Robert Schuman Institute (RSI),  with the support of the Political Academy of the Austrian People’s Party (PolAk) and the Wilfred Martens Centre for European Studies (WMCES) is organizing an introductory seminar and a study visit  for the young members of the EPP sister parties from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, within the framework of “How Europe Works: A First-Hand Perspective on EU Institutions 2022” series of courses, to be held as follows:

How Europe Works: Introductory Course
19– 21 September 2022 (Monday – Wednesday) in Vienna, Austria
arrival: 18 September, departure 22 September

How Europe Works: Study visit
2022 December
or 2023 January in Brussels, Belgium
Dates to be confirmed

This is a series that gives practical, useable knowledge on EU affairs and contact opportunities to EPP politicians, field experts, EU institution staff. Good knowledge of English is absolutely necessary, and to benefit the delegating party most, candidates should have an existing or prospective connection to EU oriented work inside the party.

What we are aiming to achieve:

  • Support the EU-oriented work of EPP sister parties in EU partner countries by capacity building;
  • Familiarize participants with the fundamental values of the EPP as expressed in the party platform, including their consequences and implications for particular policies;
  • Introduce trainees to the EPP family and WMCES;
  • Provide practical and ready-to-use knowledge on the development, structure and functions of the European Union and its institutions via interactive presentations, as well as practical and up-to-date information on the EU partnership criteria;
  • Give participants first-hand information and good insight into the everyday life of the EU institutions via on-site visits within the framework of the field trip to Brussels (e.g. European Parliament, EU Commission, EU Council, Committee of the Regions);
  • Strengthen ties and further develop a cross-border professional network of pro-European young democratic leaders from the SEE region.

Target group:


15 public career-oriented people between 22 – 35 years of age, actively involved in EU-related work in EPP sister parties, selected from the above mentioned countries on the basis of individual applications and delegated by relevant parties.

Language of the series: English (no translation will be provided)

The APPLICATION DEADLINE is 29 August (Monday) 2022

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the responsible project manager, Evgenia Jarabik at

Should you wish to apply for participation, please fill out the application form before the indicated deadline.









Looking forward to your applications!