Apply now: East Invest invites participants to Advocacy Academy

The East Invest project has launched a call for participants for a 3-day East Invest Academy on Advocacy, due to take place on 19-22 February in Brussels. It will include a series of courses dedicated to strengthening advocacy and representation skills of business support organisations (BSOs).
The courses will be given by experienced BSO executives from the EU side of the East Alliance and by local experts, and will cover a range of topics, namely:
·         The importance of lobbying for a BSO;
·         Experience sharing – situation in the 6 countries;
·         Best practice: the Austrian model;
·         Lobby strategies & instruments;
·         Media relations & communications;
·         The potential role of BSOs in the DCFTA process;  
·         Experience from Industry federation.
Additionally, a visit to the European Parliament will be organized, during which participants will get an insight into the work of the Euronest “and will be able to debate on how their work with businesses in their respective countries can contribute to strengthening the civil society dialogue,” the application guidelines say.
Courses will be complemented by practical exercises such as group work, simulation games and case studies.
The Academy targets 25 senior staff from BSOs from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine involved in lobbying activities back in their home countries.
Selection of participants will be done within a week following the application deadline based on the profiles of candidates and their organisation, motivation and regional balance. 
Interested candidates should submit the completed application formto EUROCHAMBRES by 20 January 2013 (inclusive).
East Invest supports economic development and facilitates regional trade through contributing to the improvement of the business environment, with an emphasis on SMEs and networking. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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EU Neighbourhood Centre interview – East Invest: a two-way street (March 2011)

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