Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council (Education): extracts from the press conference by Ruairi QUINN, Irish Minister for Education and Skills; and Androulla VASSILIOU, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 15/02/2013 First transmission: 15/02/2013
The Council took place on Friday 15 Febrary, under the chairmanship of the Irish minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD , and was devoted to education items only. In the context of the European Semester and in particular the education aspects of the 2013 Annual Growth Survey, the Council was expected to - adopt conclusions on investing in education and training, in response to the recent Commission communication "Rethinking Education"; - held a policy debate, in public deliberation, on "Education and Skills for Jobs, Stability and Growth". Ministers had also an exchange of views with the social partners on some of the issues discussed during the Council meeting.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Ruairi QUINN, Irish Minister for Education and Skills: I want to say you that the Irish presidency is to see ways off supporting sustainable jobs and growth in Europe. With unemployment, particularly youth unemployment at painful level across Europe, the key role for education and training should play and tackle a resolve and in this crisis is quite frankly very obvious. Today's council agreed conclusions on the Commission communication entitled rethinking education. This communication calls for a reorganization of education and training systems across Europe to all the skills needs and education needs to our young people.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Androulla VASSILIOU, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth: The conclusions that we adopted in this Council are in line with the priorities identified in the Commission annual growth survey and highlighted in our rethinking education strategy launched last November. We are developing new initiatives such as the alliance for apprenticeships and promoting entrepreneurship education in school and trough the European Institute of innovation and technology. Together with Commissioner Kroes, we are working in a joint strategy on opening up education which aims to encourage schools and universities to embed ICT and open educational resources in learning and teaching.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Androulla VASSILIOU, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth: We are also working very hard to ensure that there are more opportunities for people to study and gain more experience abroad. We will obviously work within the constraints of the new MFF but I hope will be able to significantly increase the number of young people receiving grants to study, to train or volunteer abroad under our new program Erasmus for all. And I take this opportunity to thanks Minister Quinn for his determination to finalise discussions with Parliament.
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