Victor Hugo prophesized, more than a century ago, that a day would come when the European nations, without losing their specificity and “glorious individuality”, would merge into a superior unity to create the “European Fraternity”. The European idea was then still a wonderful utopist dream of visionary scholars, philosophers and politicians.
Today the European Union exists and it is continuously deepening its roots and perfecting its mechanisms. And, in no more than a month, on March 25th, we will celebrate 50 years of European Cooperation. A most convincing example of how desire, concern, intelligence, knowledge, determination and perseverance may be combined to fuel the fulfillment of a dream.
Yet, however visionary, the generation of 1957 could have hardly imagine the world and Europe as it looks today and we are facing now the same question: we have to determine what the next 50 years have in store for us, although several of the major challenges of the future have already been identified: integration, globalization, climate change, finding new reliable, clean sources of energy, maintaining peace inside and outside European limits and defining the European Union’s final territory.
To successfully face the confrontations of the 50 years to come, the European Union needs improved juridical and administrative instruments which are not available yet, but, most of all, complete support from its citizens. The European leaders have recognized that, at least partially, the failure of the Constitutional Treaty in France and Netherlands was due to the facts that the citizens have not have enough information about Europe and that they have felt excluded from the decisional process.
Therefore, reestablishing dialogue with the Europeans, encouraging the democracy and the participation, offering them the chance to express their political opinion based on correct, clear information about the institutional reforms necessary to ensure the efficient functioning of the European Union in the demanding 21st century is, again, a key challenge towards Europe.
This is where the European approach meets my purpose and my career goals as state governments are to play decisive active roles in conducting a dialogue with the citizens and my first intentions are to develop a career in top Romanian administration, especially in an EU Institution or in an International Organization like The European Court of Human Rights or UNICEF as I feel extremely attached to the symbols they are standing for.
Another option would be a NGO or a think tank to create and implement projects to simplify the social dialogue and to urge the government to submit to the will of the people and respect their rights, which I have already experienced as a journalist and a “Pro Democracy Association” volunteer while participating in a project meant to ensure government transparency and reliability.
I know this objective can be realized on the one hand through making the people’s representatives responsible (in Romania the uninominal vote is one of the methods of acquiring this), on the other hand, through humanizing the state institutions by means of reform and simplification, through reducing bureaucracy and eliminating corruption. Last but not least, it has to act towards educating the citizens, inculcating in them the European values of democracy, freedom, respect of human rights, diversity, equality of chances, mutual solidarity and tolerance, and teaching them their rights but also their duties, both in a national and in an European context. And this could be accomplished through school and media and cultural enterprises.
I am confident that I am suitable for such a challenging purpose because I have the vision, the desire, the concern, the intelligence, the determination and the perseverance to attain it. To stand for them there are the mere accomplishments of my years of studies and work. I am a qualified translator and teacher, Bachelor of Arts with a Diploma in Philology. I also accomplished courses of and acquired a Diploma in Labor Legislation and Work Relations within the Romanian Ministry of Labor and Social Solidarity which entitles me as a qualified Human Resources Inspector. I also attained professional training, through courses, seminars workshops and practice, in Business Management and Administration, Recruitment, Sales, Marketing and Negotiation as a Franchisee of Hirsh International and free lancer. I hold large experience in journalism and Public Relations.
I posses the energy, the initiative and the commitment to engage in and carry out multiple projects simultaneously and in a result oriented manner. I am an extravert, very flexible, creative, proactive, dynamic and enthusiastic person, natively intuitive, empathic and emotionally intelligent. I have educated these inner capacities through art and reading but also through training and permanent contact with people of all social and cultural status. During the years of teaching and of journalistic activities I have developed strong communicative abilities, sharp organizational, administrative, planning, prioritizing and negotiation skills, which I have found very useful also in my business venture as a free lancer. I am fit both for working in multicultural an international teams and for leadership. Due to the humanistic and linguistic academic studies, I have gathered a vast culture and easiness in understanding and expressing difficult concepts which make me feel prepared for further research. I can prove excellent discourse and language command, the capacity to conclude and summaries, to identify problems and find practical solutions. I can work both in team and individually and I consider that even excellent leadership depends on common efforts of a well built team.
I still need the knowledge and I find an advanced degree as indispensable. Acquiring a Master Degree in European Studies will provide a profound comprehension of the legal, economic, politic, social and cultural notions, concepts and mechanisms lying at the fundament of the European Union and it will equip me with the necessary expertise and competences that are essential in effectively applying this information with the purpose of attaining my career goals.
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