The Centre for European Perspective, together with the U.S. Department of State is organizing a three-day training that is tailor made for government communicators, public officers and digital diplomats alike. The training will take place between Tuesday 10th of December and Thursday 12th of December at Bled, Slovenia.

The modern information and media sphere form an information highway, that has unveiled both opportunities and pressing challenges for all the stakeholders that work to protect information integrity. Technological advancement and innovation have made it significantly easier for individuals to participate in the information flow, a significant contribution to the democratic dialogue. The same opportunities are unfortunately also available to harmful narratives, that may use amplification tools to mis- and dis-inform. Governments are therefore uniquely challenged, to proactively and re-actively inform their citizens and cooperate with their audience in a dialogue of equal voices. Government communicators, who effectively safeguard information integrity through their every day work as a result need to poses an unique skillet of abilities and knowledge to be effective and address the challenges with a stronger voice.

For this purpose, a fifth iteration of the training, taking place between 10th and 12st June 2019 at Bled, Slovenia, will join the forces of government communicators from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine. The training will cover a range of topics from public relations and public diplomacy theory to practical application of digital tools. Participants will also gain valuable knowledge on the practical application of smartphones, technology,  that presents a world of opportunities at the touch of our fingertips.

The project is a result of a joint cooperation between the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana and the Centre for European Perspective.