News items for May 2010
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have signed agreements to participate in the European Union's Creative Europe programme.
Female EU Commissioners have signed a letter supporting a call by President-Designate Jean-Claude Juncker for Member States to nominate at least 10 women for the next Commission. The letter, addressed to Mr Juncker, states that the European Union is committed to making continual progress towards gender equality and that such progress demands an increase, not a decrease, in the number of female Commissioners.
European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has written a letter to EU Education Ministers urging them to ensure that children have the opportunity to develop basic computer coding skills in school. The letter, jointly signed with Neelie Kroes, Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, states that coding skills are part of the solution to youth unemployment and a growing skills gap in the ICT sector, which is expected to see a shortage of 900 000 ICT practitioners by the end of 2020.
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Cyprus Institute signed a partnership agreement on 22 July to boost joint research, innovation and cooperation in fields such as sustainable water and land management, environmental protection, climate change, energy and cultural heritage preservation.
The latest Erasmus statistics released by the European Commission today reveal that nearly 270 000 students - a new record - benefitted from EU grants to study or train abroad in 2012-2013. While studying at another university continues to be the most popular choice, one in five students (55 000) opted for Erasmus job placements in companies. The three most popular destinations for Erasmus students in 2012-2013 were Spain, Germany and France. Countries sending the highest number of students as a proportion of their graduate population were Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Finland, Latvia and Spain.