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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.
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:
The European Diplomatic Programme (EDP) is a result of the work done in the late 1990’s in the Council working group on administration and protocol (COADM). The objective was to create a training programme that would promote the idea of common European diplomacy. The guidelines and the curriculum for the EDP were approved by the Council’s Political Committee in 1999-2000. A revised set of principles governing the EDP (doc. 6488/09) was agreed in February 2009 by the Working Party on “CFSP Administrative Affairs and Protocol”. Its current version was adopted in November 2012 (doc 15086/12).
For further information about the selection procedure in your own Member State, please address yourself to your own Foreign Affairs Ministry.