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Initial professional training of candidate Attachés d’Ambassade

The duration of initial training of candidates in the Diplomatic Academy is nine months.

During their training the candidate Attachés attend courses, seminars and workshops in the Diplomatic Academy. They may also spend some time in directorates of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as trainees, make field trips visiting other Institutions and Services, including those abroad, as well as participate in international training programs.

The initial professional training of candidate Embassy Attachés is included in the Operational Program for Public Sector Reform of the National Strategic Reference Framework, which is co-funded by national and European funds.

The program of initial professional training of candidate Attachés consists of three cycles. The courses per cycle are the following:

• Origins and evolution of modern diplomacy
• Organization and Functioning of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Public accounting and financial management system of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Presentation and analysis of major national issues, legal and other aspects such as:
(non exhaustive list)

1.    National issues, such as:
−Relations with neighbouring countries
−Issues of Greek-Turkish relations
−Cyprus issue
−Minority issues
-Legal issues in diplomatic practice/legal aspects of national issues

2. Regional issues, such as:
−The Western Balkans
−Mediterranean Sea
−Middle East (and the Near East)
−Black Sea

3. International issues, such as:
−Law of the Seas
-Fight of the organised crime
-Combating Trafficking
−Terrorism-Fighting Piracy
−Human rights
−International Sanctions
−Disarmament – Weapons of Mass Destruction
−Environment−Climate Change
−Economic crises
−Topics and practices of diplomatic and consular law
-Migration and refugees
-International security: international law and international politics

4. Major international organizations and their function, such as:
−The European Union
−The United Nations and its system
− North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
−Council of Europe
−Organisation for security and cooperation in Europe
− Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization
−International Maritime Organisation
-International Organisation of the Francophonie
−International Monetary Fund
-Organisation for economic co-operation and development
−World trade organization

• Methods for the exercise of diplomacy (Bilateral, Multilateral, Contractual, Summits, Mediation, Negotiation, theory and techniques of negotiation, Crisis management techniques. Diplomatic resolve of conflicts and Disputes)
• Collaboration and Coordination with other public administration bodies.
• Protocol Issues.
• Diplomatic correspondence − diplomatic wording: language and terminology.
• Consular issues with emphasis on financial management and the Schengen system
• Information management
• Document management
• Informatics − Computerization − Telecommunications:
Communications technology, computing and networking. Digital systems
•Practical aspects of the diplomatic profession:
Basic principles and approaches concerning the organization and administration of human resources, leadership, hierarchy, objectives.
• Visit at the end of the first cycle to a MFA Department out of Athens or at the border.

• Public Diplomacy: lectures, conferences, interviews, communication, events, social media, simulation exercises
•Civil society
•Cultural diplomacy: cultural events organisation − Promotion of the Greek language and culture, promote public image of Greece, economic and political implications, visits to cultural institutions
Economic diplomacy with emphasis on:
−Promotion of Greek economic interests.
−International, European and regional economic − commercial environment
−Organization and operation of the Offices of Economic and Commercial Affairs and knowledge of relevant software  applications.
−Attracting investment.
−Visibility/promotion of Greek products, services and businesses
−International economic organizations
−International energy issues
−Promotion of international partnerships, investment, exports, etc.
−Promotion of Tourism
−Visits to Chambers
• Development cooperation
• Diplomacy of Environment
• Energy diplomacy
• Athletic Diplomacy – Olympics
• Climate Diplomacy
• Religious diplomacy
• Visit at the end of the second cycle to a MFA Department out of Athens.

• Methods and rules of Management
• Principles of administrative law and the administration structure
• Management Practices Abroad (Embassies, Consulates)
• Disciplinary organization.
• Visits to major Greek Institutions exercising public administration and information about how they work and collaborate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
• Visit at the end of the third cycle to a MFA Department out of Athens.

Last Updated Saturday, 19 December 2020