Today the European Parliament voted in favour of a new directive to help EU countries organise the return of cultural objects that were unlawfully removed from their state and are currently located in another EU country. The new legislation aims at securing the recovery by an EU Member State of any cultural item identified as "national treasures of artistic, historic or archaeological value" which were illegally removed from its territory on or after 1 January 1993. It will give better protection to objects that form part of the cultural heritage of the Member States and will contribute to the prevention and fight against illicit trafficking in cultural objects.
In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law. These decisions covering many sectors aim to ensure proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses.
Share of young adults having completed tertiary education up to 37% - Share of early leavers from education and training down to 12%
On 11 April President José Manuel Barroso and several commissioners will travel to Lisbon for the conference, 'Portugal: Path to growth and jobs' ('Rumo ao emprego e crescimento'). President Barroso will speak at the opening session of the conference, which will discuss how EU policies and funding can help Portugal to emerge stronger from the crisis.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will launch Erasmus+, the EU's new funding programme for education, training, youth and sport, in Florence tomorrow (10 April). Stefania Giannini, the country's Minister of Education and Research, and Giuliano Poletti, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, will also take part in the event.
First European Heritage Label awards ceremony (Solvay Library) - Brussels, 8 April 2014
Androulla VASSILIOU - Having the world understand your culture is much greater security than another submarine
The Role of Culture in EU External Relations – Final Conference (Palais des Beaux-Arts) - Brussels, 7 April 2014
The European Commission will host a conference in Brussels on 8th April to discuss progress towards tackling youth unemployment through the Youth Guarantee and how EU countries are implementing the scheme. The "Youth Guarantee: Making it Happen" conference will be opened by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Speakers include European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor and Director General of the International Labour Organisation Guy Ryder.
How can the European Union and its Member States maximize the impact of culture in foreign policy? Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, addresses this question today at a meeting involving policy makers, cultural organisations, artists and academics from 54 European and non-European countries (list below). They will discuss proposed recommendations by experts which could form the basis of a new EU strategy on the role of culture in the EU’s external relations.
Juvenes Translatores contest: Commissioner Vassiliou presents awards to Europe's best young translators
The 28 winners of the European Commission’s annual Juvenes Translatores contest for young translators will receive their trophies from Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, on Tuesday 8 April.