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Launch of the High-Level Group of experts in the field of literacy: joint press conference by Androulla Vassiliou and Laurentien, Princess of the Netherlands

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On 01/02/2011 in Brussels, Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Laurentien, Princess of the Netherlands, gave a joint press conference on the Launch of the High-Level Group of experts in the field of literacy. Indeed, one in five 15-year-olds in Europe, as well as many adults, lack basic reading and writing skills, which made it harder for them to find a job and put them at risk of social exclusion. To help tackle the issue, the European Commission had set up an independent group of experts to identify ways of raising literacy levels. The group, which met for the first time today in Brussels, was chaired by Laurentien, Princess of the Netherlands, who was a Special Envoy on Literacy for Development for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). EU Ministers had set a target of reducing the share of pupils with difficulties in reading, maths and science to fewer than 15% by 2020.

Type: Complete press conference   Reference: I-068805   Date: 01/02/2011   Duration: 24:37
Personalities:   Laurentien, princesse des Pays-Bas, |   Vassiliou, Androulla  
Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont  
Languages: ORIGINAL

Tags: High-Level Group of Experts in the field of Literacy | Illiteracy
RAPID: INFO PRESS,
© European Union, 2011   /   Source: EC - Audiovisual Service
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