The inaugural Québec-European Union scholarship has been awarded to Radio Canada journalist Gaétan Pouliot.
The new scholarship provides a member of the Quebec Federation of Journalists (FPJQ) under 35 years of age with an opportunity to complete a 10-day stay in Brussels studying EU institutions prior to writing a feature on an issue of common interest to Quebec and the EU.
Mr. Pouliot’s proposed feature concerns Europe and free trade in times of crisis. The members of the scholarship panel appreciated the hot-button topic as Canada and the European Union embark on the final round of talks aimed at concluding a free trade agreement. They also enjoyed the fairly unusual approach taken by Mr. Pouliot, who will be covering the negotiations from a European perspective. The panel was made up of journalists and a representative of the Department of International Relations (MRI).
The MRI is sponsoring this new scholarship, which ties in with its efforts to improve young Quebecers’ knowledge of the EU and EU institutions. Coordinated by the FPJQ, the scholarship also benefits from the collaboration of the European Journalism Centre.
Quebec-European Union scholarship (in French)