What is the EUVP?
The European Union Visitors Program (EUVP) was established in 1974 to deepen ties and mutual understanding between the EU and the rest of the world. It is jointly sponsored and administered by the European Parliament and the European Commission.
As guests of the European Commission and the European Parliament, participants receive a five-day study tour in Brussels (and in some cases also Strasbourg), where they meet with officials at EU institutions. All programs are coordinated and arranged by the EUVP Secretariat in Brussels rather than by individual participants. Programs will be based on individual interests and professional needs as outlined in the application and statement of purpose. Travel, accommodation, per diem costs and health and accident insurance are covered by the EUVP. Depending on their professional interests and timing of the visit, visitors might travel individually or as part of a group. The visitors generally arrive on the Sunday – the day before the program begins – and leave the following Saturday. The EUVP will offer tailor-made programs comprising both individual meetings and joint meetings and activities with fellow EUVP participants. For more details on the program, please visit the EUVP website.
Who is eligible to participate?
Americans with a career-related interest in the European Union are invited to apply for the EUVP. EUVPs will be young political leaders, political advisers, activists and opinion-formers, who are interested in the priorities of the European Union. Eligible participants include government officials (local, state, and federal), journalists, trade unionists, educators, officials of non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and other professionals aged 25-40 with career-related interests in the European Union.
Ideal candidates will be professionals in a field where their EUVP experience will enhance their understanding of EU-U.S. relations and contribute positively to their chosen career path. Basic knowledge of EU institutions and their functioning is a plus. Please note that the EUVP is not designed as a program for students: participants are required to have completed their university education or equivalent training and to have been employed for several years in their chosen career field.
The EUVP plays an important role in the EU's international relations. In addition to the United States, participants are selected from a large number of non-EU countries throughout the world. Non-U.S. applicants should contact the EU Delegation in the country in which they have citizenship.
How are participants selected?
EUVP participants are selected by a committee in Brussels, which is chaired jointly by representatives of the European Parliament and the European Commission.
What is the application process?
The EU Delegation in Washington is responsible for submission of applications from U.S. citizens. Please complete the following application forms and email them to the EUVP Coordinator at the Delegation. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in applying.
(To ensure that the individually-tailored program reflects your motivation for the visit and your professional interests, the statement of purpose should include a brief description of your current responsibilities, EU theme(s) you wish to examine, topics you wish to discuss, and ideas/requests for potential meetings at EU institutions.)
Applications should be addressed to:
Anna Prisco, Press and Public Diplomacy Officer Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America
Timing of your EUVP Study Tour:
If selected, you will receive a list of possible starting dates throughout the year for your visit. The EUVP Coordinator and the EUVP Secretariat in Brussels will work with you to identify a date that fits your schedule.
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