Headlines October 2013
Modern technology can help make public administrations more efficient and cost-effective but change for change's sake risks undermining the process. This was the message from Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič on 29 October at the Path to Growth: Achieving Excellence in Business Friendly Public Administration conference in Brussels alongside Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Vice-President Antonio Tajani, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship.
Europe has set itself ambitious goals for job creation and economic development by the end of the decade, and parliamentarians will play a key role in keeping the pressure on national governments to ensure that these goals are met. This was the message of Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič on 28 October at the 50th plenary session of COSAC, which brings together all the European affairs committees of the 28 national parliaments as well as the European Parliament.
Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC and Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda participated in "The School Dance Project" – initiative under the patronage of the Slovak Digital Champion Peter Pellegrini. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico addressed the audience at this occasion.
"The School Dance" was one of the two projects presented by Peter Pellegrini to his fellow Digital Champions over the Digital Agenda Assembly on 18/06/2013. The project is focused on connection of dance and use of ICT technologies with the aim to attract young people to develop their ICT skills.
Working together across borders to find shared solutions to common problems is a perfect example of European solidarity and unity in action, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič told regional presidents and politicians at a conference organised by the Institut der Regionen Europas in Austria on 14 October.
Speaking in front of an audience from 17 different regions both within and outside the EU, VP Šefčovič said that cross-border cooperation was also a vital framework to drive economic growth and prosperity in EU border regions.
The Citizens’ dialogue is one of a series the Commission is holding in cities in every EU country, giving ordinary people an opportunity to speak directly to EU politicians about their rights, the kind of Europe they want to live in, and their expectations for the European Union. ( video length 02'41'')
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič took part in the Citizens’ Dialogue debate in Košice, Slovakia.
On 5 October, the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) welcomed a new group of EU Careers ambassadors. The students volunteer to promote careers in the EU institutions and act as contact points for students in the universities of their home countries. Maria Krastrup, a former EU Careers ambassador, and Norman Jardine, the head of the Commission's internal communication unit, interviewed Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič on this occasion.