MATRA Rule of Law Training Programmes – “Decentralization and Citizen Participation” and “Freedom of Media” now open for applications

Two new training programmes are now open for applications. Deadline for applying is Sunday 20 August 2017.

Decentralisation and Citizen Participation

a)        Decentralisation and Citizen Participation will take place from 4 – 13 October  and is intended for senior civil servants and policy makers at national Ministries or sub-national governments in charge of the development, implementation and enforcement of decentralisation policy and participatory local governance. The training programme aims to increase the knowledge and skills of the participants to promote decentralisation and citizen participation within their national contexts. After completing the course participants will have sufficient knowledge of decentralisation processes and EU regulations to implement and coordinate decentralisation processes in their respective countries. They will be aware of the importance of citizen participation and inclusive governance and have insight in the elements that contribute to effective inter-administrative relations. Participants will be able to influence EU policy making and regulations in the field of decentralisation. They will be  able to assess the level of decentralisation in their country and have made an action plan to further support the process. Special attention will be paid to obstacles and dilemma´s in the implementation process and how to overcome them. Participants will be selected on basis of qualifications and should  offer a valuable and active contribution to the learning process and be in position to implement the newly gained knowledge and insights in their respective organizations. Candidates who meet all the requirements may proceed to complete the application form..

Freedom of the media

Freedom of the Media will take place from 5 – 11 October and is intended for civil servants with responsibilities for media law and policy in a broad sense. The training programme aims to increase understanding of the European standards relating to the concepts of media freedom and the right of the public to be properly informed. Situations will be discussed that require the striking of a balance between conflicting fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression and the right to privacy. Also a balance must be found between private market forces and State intervention, and between political accountability and political independence. Presentations on the Dutch experience in dealing with these issues will encourage the participants to reflect on the situation in their own country, to identify areas for reform and to nurture exchange on practices in other countries. Special attention will be paid to obstacles and dilemmas in the implementation process and how to overcome them. Participants will be selected on basis of qualifications and should  offer a valuable and active contribution to the learning process and be in position to implement the newly gained knowledge and insights in their respective organizations. Candidates who meet all the requirements may proceed to complete the application form..

On Matra Rule of Law Training Programme

The Matra Rule of Law Training Programme is a two-year (2017 – 2018) programme designed to strengthen institutional capacity in the field of Rule of Law within government organisations in the Western Balkans, Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova is designed and delivered by the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Leiden Law School, and The Hague Academy for Local Governance, and is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.