Policy on Europe, EU external relations, the role of Germany in the world and European integration are core topics which infuse our programmes and set our agenda. The Academy adapts these topics with great competence and transmits them in many and diverse formats. Topics for our varying events are always focused on current themes, reflecting the diversity of public discourse and conveying European political contexts. Methodologically, the Academy employs innovative formats; designed for activating and participatory aspects, formats are oriented to the wishes and concepts of partners and target groups.
Each year, more than 3000 people of 50 nationalities come to the Academy, in order to learn with one another and to discuss together. Over and above national boundaries, international understanding and international dialogue emerge from these person-to-person contacts.
In terms of international provision, the Academy is a proponent of open discourse: in this way EAB contributes towards international understanding and strengthens civil society in Europe.
As part of this, EAB bi-national programmes such as the German-Turkish initiative known as likeminds or the German-Czech High Potential seminar known as CGYPP underpin this goal.
In addition, other multinational formats – such as international further training sessions for diplomats and information visits in the context of the Federal Government Visitors’ Programme – play a part in bringing about this achievement.
In the area of capacity building, the Academy is working in a variety of ways, including in the domain of international cooperation and development.
The following form part of this: academies of good governance for, currently, participating countries of Morocco, Tunisia, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
The focus in these programmes – running over a number of weeks – is placed on communicating skills / competence closely tied to everyday practice, in order to build up and lead efficient and effective public administration bodies.
In addition, the Academy runs competence training meetings for women in senior positions in European and local political bodies. The goal here is transmitting knowledge and competence, and thus enabling participants to perceive political structures, to find opportunities to have one’s say and to develop core competencies, including communicative abilities, networking and leadership competence.
European politics in daily life
“How does the EU concern me?”
This connection between EU policies and everyday life for a citizen is examined by the Academy in very many of its seminars and conferences.
Typical subjects in this field include citizenship of the European Union and rights, EU agricultural policy CAP, energy security and sustainability, equal opportunities and anti-discrimination, judicial cooperation, to mention only a few.
Europe in Berlin
With the aim of superseding the ostensible dichotomy between life in Berlin and the abstract sphere of Brussels, the Academy provides events and meetings for members of the general public in Berlin, highlighting European connections for conditions of life in Berlin and addressing issues of the day in ‘Bürgerforen’ (citizen forum meetings), held in various neighbourhoods in Berlin, at information and discussion stands throughout the city and in events organised jointly with the Berlin Senat Chancellery Office (Governing Mayor’s Office). Topics – ranging from noise reduction via energy issues on to consumer protection – are addressed and discussed in a lively fashion, embracing controversy.
Europe in the classroom - and in schools
Teachers form an important target group for the Academy. With the aim of improving teachers’ continuing professional education on Europe in the Federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Academy is running a project which will operate for two years, working towards building up or extending competence in European affairs for school pupils. This project is thus linked to decisions taken by the Federal German Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK), which formulated an unmistakeable requirement to transmit competence in European affairs as part of education in schools. Teaching staff are to be supported in integrating this constellation of subjects – which is challenging both from the methodological-didactic aspect as well as in substance – into their specialised subject curricula.
In addition, the Academy, in conjunction with the Federal Agency for Civic Education, organises simulation exercise workshops for teachers and elaborates teaching units.
Through the ‘Berliner Europaclub’ (Berlin European Studies Club) the Academy provides continuing education meetings for teachers from Berlin and the Federal State of Brandenburg.
Furthermore, academic personnel at the Academy are happy to arrange project days and to take part in lessons in schools.