Twenty-nine young Moldovans have completed a two-month internship in public institutions in Moldova, organised by the European Union and the Moldovan government, the first initiative of its kind.
For two months, the young interns worked together with the civil servants being guided in their daily activities by EU High Level Advisers in a number of key reform sectors. Interns were hosted by a wide range of state institutions, including the State Chancellery, the Presidential Administration, Ministries of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Education and Research, Justice, Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Environment, but also Customs Service, National Anticorruption Centre, the National Bank and others.
“The Government became my third home this summer, the second one being my university. Both civil servants and High Level Advisers shared their knowledge with us and we had lessons to learn from each and every one of those we worked with,” said one of the trainees, Olivia Plamadeala.
“The civil service is the key element for the development of a country – the decisions taken here influence the quality of life and wellbeing of all citizens. We hope that, after graduation, you get actively involved in the decision making in state institutions by choosing a career in the public sector,” said Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița at the closing ceremony.
The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova Jānis Mažeiks added that “the EU will keep supporting the young generations of Moldova with this type of initiatives in the future.”
The initiative was launched in the context of the European Year of Youth 2022, to encourage active involvement of young people in all social, economic and administrative aspects of society. The internships programme is funded by the European Union.
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