European Network Training Organisation for Local and Regional Authorities

In just a few days registration for the second appointment of 2019 ENTO StudyLab (entostudylab.org) in Tbilisi (Georgia) will close up.

Many of you have already registered and maybe someone is going to do it in a few days (Registration form is available here).

StudyLab is expected to be an opportunity not only for trainers who work in one of ENTO members, but also for students, participants to training courses and people just interested in the place and in the topics.

The StudyLab in Tbilisi is going to deepen the issue Georgian LGclose2EU.

Since regaining independence in early 90ies of 20th century, Georgia has declared it’s aspirations toward European Union.

I’m Georgian, and therefore I am European.” These are the words of late Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania while speaking in front of the Council of Europe in 1999. Georgia has signed the association agreement with EU in 2014. EU is Georgia’s largest trade partner and supports various reforms in the country.

What are the steps made towards European standards by Georgian local authorities? How European Institutions work in Georgia and what is the role of local governments? These are the questions addressed during the study lab thanks to on-field visits and key-note speakers, as the former Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Margvelashvili .

There will be also the opportunity to discover a bit Georgian wines in a wine tasting in Chateau Ateni and to visit the Stalin Museum in Gori (Stalin Birthplace).

So, as usual ENTO StudyLab is an opportunity no to miss!

See you in Tbilisi!

September 11th, 2019

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For the first time two ENTO members, College of Applied Sciences „Lavoslav Ruzicka“ in Vukovar and Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, become partners within Erasmus+ K107 (mobility between Programme and Partner Countries).

Project duration is from June 1st 2018 until July 31st 2020 and we have great news… the project will also go on from 2020 to 2022!

In this time, 4 persons from GIPA were on our College and we are waiting for one more to come and Danijela and I were teaching for a week on GIPA.

Thanks to ENTO, College in Vukovar and GIPA have increased their international visibiliy and strengthened international cooperation.

Georgia is one of the countries where you know you will be back from the first day you are there – stunning nature, tasty food, the best wines and the most important thing, extremely kind people.

We have taught the students about constitutional and admnistrative law and we really commend them for their interest and many questions they had for us.

We hope that there will be many more projects between ENTO members in the future!
THANK YOU ENTO for this opportunity and for connecting all of us!

Zeljka and Danijela

September 11th, 2019

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At the hearth of Europe.

It was not
only because of the location. Strasbourg, of course, has a special meaning for
Europe unity. It was the scenario of two world wars and the city chosen to
witness the restored peace after decades of conflicts.

It was maybe
because of the timing. In the European Parliament the first sitting was held
exactly in the days of the ENTO StudyLab and we had the chance to assist to the
first session led by the newly elected President Mr. David Sassoli (Italy).

the source is, a real sense of a common belonging to the “old dear Europe”
infected all participants to the StudyLab and inspired thoughts and discussions
about possible explanations to the difficulties the “European dream” has been
facing nowadays.

A first,
simple but quite alarming conclusion, came out: there is still, even among us,
a low knowledge of Europe, of its institutional, political and administrative
systems, of the history, values and ideas which shaped them.

reference is not just to the European Union and its rules. It involves even
other institutions such as the Council of Europe and the Court of Human rights,
but I dare say it also implies a better knowledge of other countries, with
their traditions and specific features.

As training
organisations we can take such a conclusion as a challenge for our future work:
what can we do in order to assure a stronger and widespread knowledge of what
Europe is?

Of course
StudyLabs are a first opportunity to be exploited more and more. But it could
be even possible to set up something new, even more creative.

For me the
expected impact is quite clearly measurable: I am expecting that in a few years
there will be no local civil servants who, after receiving the news about the
StudyLab in Strasbourg, will dare reply with a sarcastic tone “I didn’t suppose
Switzerland entered Europe!”. The dear lady, who replied so, had no idea of the
existence of the Council of Europe and of the fact Switzerland is part of the
Council of Europe since May 6th 1963.

Paolo Crugnola

September 11th, 2019

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