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Training sessions in Rome and Brussels within the Digital Diaspora Project

Press release

Two training sessions within the "Digital Diaspora project- partnership for building an effective and transparent communication" were held on Wednesday, December 14th, in Rome, and on Thursday, December 15th, in Brussels.

The two sessions were attended by representatives of the Romanian diplomatic missions and consular offices in Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as by members of the Romanian communities.

The training sessions were sustained by Cornelius Octavian Bjola, associate professor at Oxford University, specialist in international relations and international expert in digital diplomacy, in collaboration with Andreea Hanganu, founder of the Institute for Digital Government, for the session in Rome and with Alina Dolea, Fulbright Scholar, for the session in Brussels.

The participants have discussed the opportunities offered by the digital world within the meaning of communicating effectiveness both in the Romanian communities and in relation to the diplomatic missions and consular offices. They presented the advantages of using digital communication tools to strengthen the relationship between the institutional representatives and the communities in diaspora: communication platforms, online campaigns development, achievement of support programs for diaspora.

Also, to facilitate the exchange of best practices, during the training session there were given examples of similar programs of other foreign ministries, dedicated to stimulating professional contacts with the diaspora communities, and also to improving online communication in the consular area.


Additional information

The "Digital Diaspora Project - partnership for building an effective and transparent communication" is organized by the Department for Policies for Relations with Romanians Everywhere.

The main objective of the project is to increase the quality and effectiveness of communication in the digital field between the diplomatic missions and the Romanian communities in host countries. During the pilot phase, the project is implemented in 5 Romanian diplomatic missions and includes training sessions endorsed by experts in digital communication, oriented towards identifying the current issues and opportunities in the online communication space in relation to the Romanian diaspora.

The pilot phase of the project shall be carried out during November 2016 - October 2017.