European Union External Action

European Diplomatic Programme

30/05/2016 - 14:01
Seconded national experts

The 18th edition of the European Diplomatic Programme (EDP) will start during the Estonian Presidency in Tallinn in October 2017 and will conclude during the Bulgarian Presidency in Sofia in June 2018.

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 the EDP is executed by the Member States’ Foreign Ministries, the EEAS, the Commission and the Council Secretariat. The programme has three general aims:

  • help European diplomats create networks that foster a European identity in foreign policy;
  • raise awareness among national diplomats with regard to the specifically European dimension of diplomacy;
  • provide a teaching environment whose framework transcends the strictly national.

Structure and participants

EDP participants are young diplomats from Member States and officials of the European External Action Service, the European Commission and the Council Secretariat.

The EDP is composed of 4 modules. Each year, an overall theme is chosen for the EDP. The themes covered so far are:

  • "The EU Global Strategy: from Vision to Action" (2017-2018)
  • "Emerging challenges and global issues in current diplomacy" (2016-2017)
  • "Emerging challenges and global issues in current diplomacy" (2015-2016)
  • "Emerging challenges and global issues in current diplomacy" (2014-2015)
  • "Emerging challenges and global issues in current diplomacy" (2013-2014)
  • "The European Union and the Strategic Partnerships" (2012- 2013)
  • "Europe and its neighbours" (2011-2012)
  • "New systemic challenges for the EU: external action coherence" (2010-2011)
  • "EU-Transatlantic relations" (2009-2010);
  • "Neighbourhood policy and energy challenge : two priority issues for the EU" (2008-2009)
  • "Population flows, development and security in Africa: challenges for and responses by the EU" (2007-2008)
  • "EU’s relations to China and India" (2006-2007);
  • "EU - Transatlantic relations" (2005-2006);
  • "European Security Strategy" (2004-2005);
  • "Wider Europe – European Neighbourhood Policy" (2003-2004);
  • "The Enlargement" (2002-2003);
  • "Western Balkans" (2001-2002);


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 on November 2012.

Further Information

For further information about the selection procedure in your own Member State, please address yourself to your own Foreign Affairs Ministry.