The EDP is a common project between the EU Member States and EU Institutions and is part of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. In practice, EEAS is responsible for the EDP's overall coordination. The programme is executed by the Member States’ Foreign Ministries, the EEAS, the General Secretariat of the Council and the Commission. The programme has three general aims:
EDP participants are young diplomats from Member States and officials of the European External Action Service, the European Commission and the General Secretariat of the Council. Around 1000 participants followed the EDP since the first edition of the program in 2000-2001.
The EDP is composed of 4 modules taking place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the EU Member States, EEAS, GSC and EC in Brussels. Each year, an overall theme is chosen for the EDP. The themes covered so far are:
For further information about the selection procedure in your own Member State, please address yourself to your own Foreign Affairs Ministry.