Training of diplomats and personnel - Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs The IDC is made up of two levels: an initial training session and a mid-career training course General framework The Diplomatic and Consular Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) was inaugurated on 6 April 2010, with the opening of a first session of compulsory initial training for new MAE staff of “catégorie A” (top level) grade. The creation of the IDC was a response to the two-fold observation made by the “White Paper on France's Foreign and European Policy" (July 2008). It (…) enMinistry for Europe and Foreign Affairs