For the second consecutive year, EDS organised the Skills Training Workshop in Brussels for all BullsEye Editors, Working Group Co-Chairs and members of the Social Media Team. The Skills Workshop was held at the EPP Headquarters.
The programme started on Thursday and the participants were offered an insight into the work of the European Union on Transatlantic Relations with EPP Political Adviser Nathan Shepura. Mr Shepura discussed the current policy priorities of the EPP on these issues.
On Friday, the EPP Communication and Marketing Officer, Matteo Albania addressed the participants on “How to Build a Social-Media Strategy That Works”. This was followed by a discussion among the participants.
The Co-chairs were trained on all aspects of their work: from identifying policies to turning their ideas into motions and leading the working groups. They learnt to recognise relevant topics and stakeholders, and had a brainstorming session on ideas for motions. The Co-Chairs practised leading the working groups in a role play workshop and received tools to write background papers and motions as well as individual feedback. The workshops resulted in motions for the next event and work plans for the upcoming year.
The editors also underwent a series of training sessions designed to improve their skills and equip them with useful knowledge for the tasks ahead. Furthermore, the Bureau also held its second Bureau Meeting of the working year 2016/17.
EDS were further treated to an exclusive address by Herman Van Rompuy, former Prime Minister of Belgium and former President of the European Council.