EU Visitors' Programme

What is the European Union Visitors' Programme?

We would like to invite you to recommend young Canadian leaders for participation in the 2017 EUVP. The European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP) offers young and potential leaders and multipliers the possibility to participate in a five to eight-day, tailor-made visit to Brussels (Belgium, EU) to gain a thorough and first-hand understanding of the European Union, its institutions and working methods. The EUVP was established in 1974 and is jointly supported and administered by the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Who is eligible to participate?

The EUVP seeks Canadian candidates from various backgrounds: politicians and their political advisers, civil society actors, government and parliamentary officials, as well as media representatives and academics working on EU related issues. Ages: 30-40.

Participants will have completed university education, or equivalent training, and will have already gained some years of professional experience. The EUVP is not open to business people.

Each visit is tailored to match the profile of the participant and takes place during the year following the successful application. Travel, hotel and per diem costs are covered by the EUVP.

What is the application process?

Applicants must send the following documents to with the subject line "EUVP 2016 Application":

  • The application form msw8 - 66 KB [66 KB] ;
  • An up-to-date resume;
  • A (brief) Statement of Purpose identifying the subjects the candidate is particularly interested in studying and how it would relate to his/her career objectives (typed on the official letterhead of the applicant's employer if possible). See example here msw8 - 51 KB [51 KB] .
  • A recommendation letter.

Before applying, please read the eligibility criteria carefully. Only candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria and submit complete applications before the deadline will be considered.

The application deadline for the 2017 programme is 31 March 2016. However, for logistical reasons it would be appreciated if recommendations could reach the EU Delegation in Ottawa as far in advance as possible of the deadline. Please be aware that the final selection of participants is made by a panel in Brussels with results usually available by the end of the year only.

Questions can be addressed to the EUVP Liaison Officer, Gabriel Gonzalez, at the Delegation of the European Union to Canada by phone at (613) 563-6355 or by e-mail.