30 young people were selected, following a competitive process, to become interns of this year’s edition of the joint Internship Programme of the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the European Union. The festive opening ceremony of the Programme took place today, at the Government, in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Dorin Recean, and the head of the operations section of the Delegation of the European Union, Magdalena Mueller-Uri.

In his address to the interns, the Head of the Government emphasized that working in the public sector involves a lot of dedication and responsibility, and civil servants contribute every day to the modernisation of the country and implementation of the European path. “It is symbolic that we have this meeting today, one year after obtaining the status of a candidate country. I encourage you to be ambitious and contribute, together with us, to the necessary transformations to bring Europe home, in the Republic of Moldova”, underlined the Prime Minister.

Magdalena Mueller-Uri mentioned: “Today, 23 June, is a symbolic day, perfect for the launch of the Internship Programme, as it is the Civil Servant’s Day in the Republic of Moldova. I hope that many of you, today’s interns, will become competent and motivated civil servants. The EU is delighted to support such initiatives that bring enthusiastic young people into the public administration at this crucial moment, when many forces are needed to bring the Republic of Moldova into the big European family as soon as possible.”

The programme, with a duration of two months, involves working side by side with civil servants from the central authorities, having the EU High Level Advisers as mentors – a fact that will strengthen the young people’s capacities and subsequently increase their chances of employment. The interns will receive a monthly allowance, the programme being fully financed by the European Union.

The representatives of the public institutions present at the event welcomed the perseverance and motivation of the interns, showing their openness to host them during the duration of the Programme, and guide them so that it is as useful as possible to young people in obtaining practical skills.

The finalists include students, master students and recent graduates from higher education institutions in the country and abroad – young people eager to start their careers in public institutions and contribute to the modernisation of the country.

The launch of the Program was preceded by an extensive information campaign, carried out in four of the largest universities in the country, but also online, for Moldovan students in the diaspora. The program is carried out on the basis of the Memorandum of Understanding, signed by the Government of the Republic of Moldova, the Council of Rectors and the EU High Level Advisers’ Mission. Details about the Program, the selection criteria, the procedure for submitting files are available at https://www.eu-advisers.md/ro/internship/.