The aim of developing and training the Presidency staff was to provide the best possible preparations to people for a successful Presidency and to increase people’s qualifications for working in the public sector in the long term. Trainings were offered to civil servants involved with the Presidency, as well as public sector workers and the staff of the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU in Brussels.
Meticulous preparations laid the groundwork for a successful Presidency. In 2014, the first Presidency training programme was completed and in 2016, targeted development and training activities were launched. It was the largest sectoral programme in the history of Estonia's civil service.
Financed by the EU Structural Fund, the Ministry of Finance and the Estonian Government Office, the trainings lasted for 1.5 years and included all of the people involved with the Estonian Presidency at ministries, agencies, inspectorates, the Government Office, the Chancellery of the Riigikogu, the Bank of Estonia, and other institutions, as well as the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU in Brussels.
The programme had 16 different trainings in total, plus additional language courses, and a chance to participate in development programmes like internships and study visits. In total, more 230 trainings were held with around 1 500 people involved with the Estonian Presidency participating, most of who attended several trainings.
The trainings were mostly carried out by international trainers, because Estonia had no experience in organising a presidency. Most trainings were held in English and this also encouraged the use of specialised vocabulary.
In addition to the development and training activities, several electronic study materials and handbooks were compiled.
The development and training activities were financed from the European Social Fund and from the Estonian Ministry of Finance in an amount of €1.6 million and from the budget of the Government Office in an amount of €528 054.
- A summary (PDF, 1.01 MB) of the development and training activities of the Estonian Presidency