The Centre for European Perspective, together with the U.S. Department of State and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia is organizing a Steering Board meeting and Symposium on Government Communication during COVID-19. The event is being hosted via Zoom and will take place this week, from Monday, 28. September, and will finish on Friday, 2. October 2020.

In the introduction participants were addressed by Matt Jacobs from the U.S. Department of State and Project Coordinator Ingrid Omahna from the Centre for European Perspective.

The day commenced after the introductory remarks, with a lecture by Tom Fletcher, Former British Ambassador and Downing Street Foreign Policy Advisor and author of the book “The Naked Diplomat: Understanding Power and Politics in the digital Age”. He presented a lecture about the state of diplomacy before and after 2020, explained current trends and pointed out 10 crucial questions to consider in order to survive as a diplomat in the future.

Ivana Boštjančič Pulko from information Security Administration of the Republic of Slovenia continued with a session about “Essentials for Trainers”. The sharing of experience and knowledge is at the very core of the EDDE network, and as participants openly discussed with Mrs. Pulko, there is a dividing line between a good and bad trainer. Mrs. Pulko covered the theoretical essentials of a good trainer, tips and tricks that can help trainers be more confident and advice on how to engage their audience. Guest participants were engaged in an open discussion, that included their questions, challenges and a topic very close to the overall Steering board and Symposium subject, namely how can trainers adopt to the new COVID reality.

The day concluded with the EDDE Steering Board meeting where next steps of the project were discussed.