The European Union has unveiled a new project dubbed the European Diplomatic Academy, a specialized institution for aspiring diplomats. The initiative was announced during EU top diplomat Josep Borrell’s visit to Montenegro on Friday, July 15.
“Something new that will be the cradle of the new diplomatic forces at the European level,” he said describing the Academy, adding that it will bring together young diplomats from the Western Balkans and Ukraine and officials from EU institutions.
They will be invited to participate “in this pilot project for this European Diplomatic Academy, where we will be forming the men and women that in the future will be representing the European Union in the world. Not coming from each member state but being put together to have the same basis in order to do the same work.”
The Academy will provide nine-month long training with knowledge and skills for reshaping common policies “to implement our common decisions, to use all of our institutions to defend a Stronger Europe in the World.”
Borrell also quoted the late President of the High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community, Jean Monnet, who said: “men and women are important, but they pass by. The institutions remain.”
Previously, he condemned Russia’s attack on Vinnytsia on Thursday, July 14, describing it as “yet another horrendous attack on civilians in Ukraine” and refused to recognize Russia’s attempts hand out its passports to Ukrainians.
He also commented on the EU’s Commission adoption of the proposal for the “maintenance and alignment” package, saying that the EU’s sanctions are tough and hard-hitting, adding that the European Union is targeting those close to Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.
“Today’s package reflects our coordinated approach with international partners, including the G7. In addition to these measures, I will also present proposals to Council for the listing of more individuals and entities, with their assets frozen and ability to travel curtailed,” he noted.
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