News February 2010
Umeå (Sweden): 'City of Winter' promises a warm welcome as it launches year as European Capital of Culture
Guests from across Europe and beyond will join the people of Umeå in Sweden as the city launches its year as 2014 European Capital of Culture this weekend, with festivities taking place day and night. The opening 'Burning Snow' ceremony on Saturday will be a high point and the 'City of Winter' will be transformed with artworks using snow, ice, fire and video.
Commissioner Vassiliou has paid tribute to Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, who died on Monday in Bologna (20 January).
"It was with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of Claudio Abbado: he was a legend at La Scala in Milan, in Vienna, London, Berlin & Chicago," she said, referring to some of the great orchestras he led.
Although there are signs of the start of an economic recovery, a quarter of young people under 25 in Europe are unemployed. What role is the EU playing to ensure that education and training equips them with the skills needed by employers? And how can investment in culture contribute to growth and job creation?
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, is ready to answer your questions in a Twitter chat on 5 February from 11am to noon. Contact @VassiliouEU using the hashtag #EUChat. You can also send questions in advance.
Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has welcomed the fact that four of the five movies nominated as Best Foreign Language Film for the Oscars are supported by the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA programme. The UK film Philomenia, nominated as Best Picture and for Best Actress, as well as films in the categories of Best Animated Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature, have also received support from the MEDIA sub-programme.