Over 30 interns taking part in the innovative programme of the European Union and the Government of the Republic of Moldova held a meeting, on 21 July, with representatives of the Delegation of the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and EU High Level Advisers. The main topic of the meeting was the current status of EU – Republic of Moldova relations.

Given the recent candidacy status of the country, it was relevant to discuss the current situation in key sectors and the reforms needed in each of them. Thus, interns had the opportunity to find out, from the first source, about the challenges and developments in the Foreign Affairs, Internal Security Affairs, Energy, Customs and Tax Policy sectors – but also use the meeting as a possibility to discuss with the EU High Level Advisers covering other areas.

The Innovative Internships Programme was launched by the European Union and the Government of the Republic of Moldova to provide young people – students, master students and recent graduates – the possibility to carry out internships in state institutions, for a period of two months, and work next to civil servants, having as mentors the EU High Level Advisers. The initiative was launched in the context of the European Year of Youth, also marked in the Republic of Moldova, which encourages pro-active participation of young people in all social, economic and social activities. administrative. The interns were selected after a two-round process, including the competition of CVs and motivation letters, followed by face-to-face interviews with a selection committee comprising representatives of the EU Delegation, the Government and EU High Level Advisers.