CoE 2012/2013


StevenPens

well at least Italy is taking as long as Spain to start the interviews...


Yea well it probably means that also in Spain there are a lot of applicants.

Btw I was thinking that what they say on the website "no real national quotas exists", cannot be fully true if they do interviews around Europe in such a long period: UK and Germany interviews already finished, Spain and Italy still to be started.

<blockquote>well at least Italy is taking as long as Spain to start the interviews...</blockquote>

Yea well it probably means that also in Spain there are a lot of applicants.

Btw I was thinking that what they say on the website "no real national quotas exists", cannot be fully true if they do interviews around Europe in such a long period: UK and Germany interviews already finished, Spain and Italy still to be started.
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ilse

I agree.. plus, regardless of the number of applicants, I think countries like Italy and Spain let the process drag on for far too long, do they really need 3 to 4 MONTHS to agree on a list of PRE-selected candidates??!

still...fingers crossed!

I agree.. plus, regardless of the number of applicants, I think countries like Italy and Spain let the process drag on for far too long, do they really need 3 to 4 MONTHS to agree on a list of PRE-selected candidates??!

still...fingers crossed!
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Grapes

Oh great Italy, I have all my final exams in May.

Yeah I agree with you, dragging the process on for SO long is inane. The College of Europe has been my dream since I came to uni, but this endless process has made me less and less entusiastic about it. Maybe its their tactic haha

Oh great Italy, I have all my final exams in May.

Yeah I agree with you, dragging the process on for SO long is inane. The College of Europe has been my dream since I came to uni, but this endless process has made me less and less entusiastic about it. Maybe its their tactic haha
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Aethra

Hello again guys! I had my interview on Monday and I was notified of my acceptance for the LLM programme on Wednesday. :) :) Here's what they asked me during the interview: is the EU a political union and why/why not(something like that), do I believe that the EU was successful/has made any significant contributions up to now and in which fields, whether I would like to see the Union's institutional framework change and how, something on the Union's democratic deficit (I don't really remember if they asked me that or if I brought it up), on the possibility of a fiscal Union, a legal question on soft law and soft law instruments used by the Union and another question on social rights if I remember correctly (those two were the French questions) and a few questions about myself (what I've done till now etc). Overall, a normal level of difficulty, I would say. Best of luck to everyone still waiting for an interview and hope to see you in Bruges!

Hello again guys! I had my interview on Monday and I was notified of my acceptance for the LLM programme on Wednesday. :) :) Here's what they asked me during the interview: is the EU a political union and why/why not(something like that), do I believe that the EU was successful/has made any significant contributions up to now and in which fields, whether I would like to see the Union's institutional framework change and how, something on the Union's democratic deficit (I don't really remember if they asked me that or if I brought it up), on the possibility of a fiscal Union, a legal question on soft law and soft law instruments used by the Union and another question on social rights if I remember correctly (those two were the French questions) and a few questions about myself (what I've done till now etc). Overall, a normal level of difficulty, I would say. Best of luck to everyone still waiting for an interview and hope to see you in Bruges!
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Aethra

Hello! :) There is something I would like to ask you people and I would really appreciate your answers. My country's National Selection Committee has put me forward as a candidate for an ENP scholarship (I was only notified of this after my interview). From what I've been told, they offer this scholarship to only one candidate here. It's a full scholarship and I do realise that it's an incredible opportunity as well as a great honour, on the other hand the European Neighbourhood Policy is not something I was originally planning on focusing on. Apart from that, in order to fulfill the conditions of my scholarship I would have to write a Master's Thesis on a topic related to that Policy. I can't help but think whether this would put me at a disadvantage (regarding future employment) when compared to an alumnus who chose to focus on, say, competition law or something similar. So, I was wondering, do you think that accepting this scholarship would somehow limit me? How do things work in your country (in EU Member States, I mean, not in ENP countries), do people take up these scholarships? Will any of you apply for one or accept one if offered?

Hello! :) There is something I would like to ask you people and I would really appreciate your answers. My country's National Selection Committee has put me forward as a candidate for an ENP scholarship (I was only notified of this after my interview). From what I've been told, they offer this scholarship to only one candidate here. It's a full scholarship and I do realise that it's an incredible opportunity as well as a great honour, on the other hand the European Neighbourhood Policy is not something I was originally planning on focusing on. Apart from that, in order to fulfill the conditions of my scholarship I would have to write a Master's Thesis on a topic related to that Policy. I can't help but think whether this would put me at a disadvantage (regarding future employment) when compared to an alumnus who chose to focus on, say, competition law or something similar. So, I was wondering, do you think that accepting this scholarship would somehow limit me? How do things work in your country (in EU Member States, I mean, not in ENP countries), do people take up these scholarships? Will any of you apply for one or accept one if offered?
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StevenPens

I can't help but think whether this would put me at a disadvantage (regarding future employment) when compared to an alumnus who chose to focus on, say, competition law or something similar. So, I was wondering, do you think that accepting this scholarship would somehow limit me? How do things work in your country (in EU Member States, I mean, not in ENP countries), do people take up these scholarships? Will any of you apply for one or accept one if offered?


IMHO I wont just drop the ENP topic because of future employment disadvantage... What really makes different in candidates is what they have of "special". Nowadays focusing on competition law widely intended, f.e., is quite a losing choice, as it's very very popular among subjects.
ENP is something new, with good future perspectives, so I wont worry about that.

On the other side if this is something you really are not interested into, then that should be the main issue to face.

In my case, I didn't apply just because I'm not interested in it. Even if it's a great chance to have everything covered by a full bursary...

<blockquote>I can't help but think whether this would put me at a disadvantage (regarding future employment) when compared to an alumnus who chose to focus on, say, competition law or something similar. So, I was wondering, do you think that accepting this scholarship would somehow limit me? How do things work in your country (in EU Member States, I mean, not in ENP countries), do people take up these scholarships? Will any of you apply for one or accept one if offered? </blockquote>

IMHO I wont just drop the ENP topic because of future employment disadvantage... What really makes different in candidates is what they have of "special". Nowadays focusing on competition law widely intended, f.e., is quite a losing choice, as it's very very popular among subjects.
ENP is something new, with good future perspectives, so I wont worry about that.

On the other side if this is something you really are not interested into, then that should be the main issue to face.

In my case, I didn't apply just because I'm not interested in it. Even if it's a great chance to have everything covered by a full bursary...
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Aethra

I can't help but think whether this would put me at a disadvantage (regarding future employment) when compared to an alumnus who chose to focus on, say, competition law or something similar. So, I was wondering, do you think that accepting this scholarship would somehow limit me? How do things work in your country (in EU Member States, I mean, not in ENP countries), do people take up these scholarships? Will any of you apply for one or accept one if offered?


IMHO I wont just drop the ENP topic because of future employment disadvantage... What really makes different in candidates is what they have of "special". Nowadays focusing on competition law widely intended, f.e., is quite a losing choice, as it's very very popular among subjects.
ENP is something new, with good future perspectives, so I wont worry about that.

On the other side if this is something you really are not interested into, then that should be the main issue to face.

In my case, I didn't apply just because I'm not interested in it. Even if it's a great chance to have everything covered by a full bursary...


Thank you very much for your answer StevenPens! I agree with you and, to tell you the truth, my main problem was indeed an academic one: I am not that interested in that policy and I didn't want to focus that much on it. That's why I had decided not to apply for the scholarship at all, but, you know, when they called and just offered it to me, I was caught unawares and it covering everything was also an important factor I had to take into account.

I did turn it down yesterday after all. A rather difficult decision but I hope (and I secretly do think) that I made the right choice. :) I think it will go to someone else from my country now.

<blockquote><blockquote>I can't help but think whether this would put me at a disadvantage (regarding future employment) when compared to an alumnus who chose to focus on, say, competition law or something similar. So, I was wondering, do you think that accepting this scholarship would somehow limit me? How do things work in your country (in EU Member States, I mean, not in ENP countries), do people take up these scholarships? Will any of you apply for one or accept one if offered? </blockquote>

IMHO I wont just drop the ENP topic because of future employment disadvantage... What really makes different in candidates is what they have of "special". Nowadays focusing on competition law widely intended, f.e., is quite a losing choice, as it's very very popular among subjects.
ENP is something new, with good future perspectives, so I wont worry about that.

On the other side if this is something you really are not interested into, then that should be the main issue to face.

In my case, I didn't apply just because I'm not interested in it. Even if it's a great chance to have everything covered by a full bursary...
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Thank you very much for your answer StevenPens! I agree with you and, to tell you the truth, my main problem was indeed an academic one: I am not that interested in that policy and I didn't want to focus that much on it. That's why I had decided not to apply for the scholarship at all, but, you know, when they called and just offered it to me, I was caught unawares and it covering everything was also an important factor I had to take into account.

I did turn it down yesterday after all. A rather difficult decision but I hope (and I secretly do think) that I made the right choice. :) I think it will go to someone else from my country now.
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MartiDD

For Italian applicants! I wrote to Ms Ranocchia, and she told me that the interviews will be held in May. She still doesn't know the date, but at least now I have a vague idea about how to plan the next 30 days of my life! ^^



Hey guys, I have received an email from Ms Ranocchia. My interview is scheduled for May, 9th. Did you received this email as well? Good luck to you all and fingers crossed!

<blockquote>For Italian applicants! I wrote to Ms Ranocchia, and she told me that the interviews will be held in May. She still doesn't know the date, but at least now I have a vague idea about how to plan the next 30 days of my life! ^^</blockquote>


Hey guys, I have received an email from Ms Ranocchia. My interview is scheduled for May, 9th. Did you received this email as well? Good luck to you all and fingers crossed!
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GabyB2012

I wish I have get an e-mail as well, but not yet...
is there anybody from the ENP candidates who has received an invitation for the interview yet?
:)
thank you!

I wish I have get an e-mail as well, but not yet...
is there anybody from the ENP candidates who has received an invitation for the interview yet?
:)
thank you!
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ruxi

Hi GabyB2012! No news here for ENP candidate as well :(
For what programme have u applied?! Hopefully soon we will get some good news! Good luck to all.

Hi GabyB2012! No news here for ENP candidate as well :(
For what programme have u applied?! Hopefully soon we will get some good news! Good luck to all.
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GabyB2012

:) but there is still a piece of hope ruxi,
I've applied both for LLM and Politicals and Administratives Studies :) and you?
as far as an assistant from CoE answered me, for the ENP candidates the interviews will take place in May,
so, not that long to wait I suppose :)
good luck to all, and hopefully we get some good results pretty soon :)

:) but there is still a piece of hope ruxi,
I've applied both for LLM and Politicals and Administratives Studies :) and you?
as far as an assistant from CoE answered me, for the ENP candidates the interviews will take place in May,
so, not that long to wait I suppose :)
good luck to all, and hopefully we get some good results pretty soon :)
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ruxi

I have applied for EEIB programme :) Lets take then the time left till interviews (hopefully) and prepare, as there is a lot going on in Europe now, things that we must be familiarized with (from both, political and economic point of view) depending on the programme. Bonne chance à tous!

I have applied for EEIB programme :) Lets take then the time left till interviews (hopefully) and prepare, as there is a lot going on in Europe now, things that we must be familiarized with (from both, political and economic point of view) depending on the programme. Bonne chance à tous!
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StevenPens

Hey guys, I have received an email from Ms Ranocchia. My interview is scheduled for May, 9th. Did you received this email as well? Good luck to you all and fingers crossed!


10th May, 9 am. I really hoped I could go to Rome and return in the very same day. Whatever! ;)

<blockquote>Hey guys, I have received an email from Ms Ranocchia. My interview is scheduled for May, 9th. Did you received this email as well? Good luck to you all and fingers crossed!</blockquote>

10th May, 9 am. I really hoped I could go to Rome and return in the very same day. Whatever! ;)
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Grapes

9th of May, 9am. I hear your pain StevenPens. I'll have to fly in the day before.

9th of May, 9am. I hear your pain StevenPens. I'll have to fly in the day before.
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Hello all!
Sorry, my post is unrelated to the previous one :) I have a question for the Polish applicants: any news from the selection committee? It's been more than a month since our interview... Thanks in advance for any piece of info!

Hello all!
Sorry, my post is unrelated to the previous one :) I have a question for the Polish applicants: any news from the selection committee? It's been more than a month since our interview... Thanks in advance for any piece of info!
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emka

Hello all!
Sorry, my post is unrelated to the previous one :) I have a question for the Polish applicants: any news from the selection committee? It's been more than a month since our interview... Thanks in advance for any piece of info!


Hi annemarie88
Still nothing. I'm also getting more and more impatient. Lets hope it won't take much longer now. And hope to see you in September ;) Regards

<blockquote>Hello all!
Sorry, my post is unrelated to the previous one :) I have a question for the Polish applicants: any news from the selection committee? It's been more than a month since our interview... Thanks in advance for any piece of info!</blockquote>

Hi annemarie88
Still nothing. I'm also getting more and more impatient. Lets hope it won't take much longer now. And hope to see you in September ;) Regards
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Thank you so much, emka. At least we're not alone in this :) Let's wait, then, and hope to see you in September, too!

Hello all!
Sorry, my post is unrelated to the previous one :) I have a question for the Polish applicants: any news from the selection committee? It's been more than a month since our interview... Thanks in advance for any piece of info!


Hi annemarie88
Still nothing. I'm also getting more and more impatient. Lets hope it won't take much longer now. And hope to see you in September ;) Regards

Thank you so much, emka. At least we're not alone in this :) Let's wait, then, and hope to see you in September, too!

<blockquote><blockquote>Hello all!
Sorry, my post is unrelated to the previous one :) I have a question for the Polish applicants: any news from the selection committee? It's been more than a month since our interview... Thanks in advance for any piece of info!</blockquote>

Hi annemarie88
Still nothing. I'm also getting more and more impatient. Lets hope it won't take much longer now. And hope to see you in September ;) Regards</blockquote>
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Me again :) Polish applicants: our selection committee should provide us with the results around the end of next week - that's what I learned. Fingers crossed :)

Me again :) Polish applicants: our selection committee should provide us with the results around the end of next week - that's what I learned. Fingers crossed :)
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MartiDD

Hello guys! I had my interview yesterday and I am going to share my experience with you. There were 5 people, 2 from the CoE I guess. They did not ask me my motivation, but some random question about federalism and ECB (even tho I am not an econ major), some EU policies. Overall not that difficult. They are really interested in finding people who can explain properly relevant things in a proper English and French I guess. Good luck to all!

Hello guys! I had my interview yesterday and I am going to share my experience with you. There were 5 people, 2 from the CoE I guess. They did not ask me my motivation, but some random question about federalism and ECB (even tho I am not an econ major), some EU policies. Overall not that difficult. They are really interested in finding people who can explain properly relevant things in a proper English and French I guess. Good luck to all!
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Grapes

I had my interview yesterday too with MartiDD.

Same thing: 3 legal questions, 2 in french 1 in english. Supremacy/acceptance of supremacy by Italian and German constitutional court and the House of Lords, a little bit on how the Lisbon treaty changed supremacy - if I thought it did (all this in French) + question in English on the development of the single market, if I thought we reached it or if I could analyse areas in which the marked is still not that unified.

Overall, I think I stayed in for max 10/13 mins. As MartiDD said, no question on your motivation etc. They really appreciate if you speak French.

I had my interview yesterday too with MartiDD.

Same thing: 3 legal questions, 2 in french 1 in english. Supremacy/acceptance of supremacy by Italian and German constitutional court and the House of Lords, a little bit on how the Lisbon treaty changed supremacy - if I thought it did (all this in French) + question in English on the development of the single market, if I thought we reached it or if I could analyse areas in which the marked is still not that unified.

Overall, I think I stayed in for max 10/13 mins. As MartiDD said, no question on your motivation etc. They really appreciate if you speak French.
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