Europe has an extremely rich cultural heritage that has been long appreciated in museums, libraries and archives. A new report by the Comité des Sages on behalf of Commissioners Vassiliou and Kroes urges the Commission to step into the digital age and make these collections available online to all in order for them to be exploited to their fullest. The report outlines the many benefits of digitising Europe's heritage for its citizens, education and economy.
For centuries, libraries, archives and museums from across Europe have been the custodians of our rich and diverse cultural heritage. They have preserved and provided access to the testimonies of knowledge, beauty and imagination, such as sculptures, paintings, music and literature. The new information technologies have created unbelievable opportunities to make this common heritage more accessible for all. Culture is following the digital path and "memory institutions" are adapting the way in which they communicate with their public.
Ms Vassiliou presented plans for a new strategy on sport during the EU Sport Forum, on 22 February in Budapest, Hungary. "I am committed to strengthening the European dimension in sport. My discussions at the EU-Sport Forum have helped the Commission, Member States and sport stakeholders to identify priorities and agree on joint actions on the basis of the Commission's proposals," she said.
Ms. Vassiliou opened an event celebrating the achievements of European Commission trainees in voluntary activities - as part of the European Year of Volunteering. The colourful and informal event, with home made refreshments, a fashion parade, visual stories and games took place in Brussels on 25 February. It was organised by current European Commission trainees with the help of staff members and highlighted the achievements of Solidarité over 25 consecutive traineeships. Find out more: www.stagecommittee.org/, section Subcommittees – Solidarity.
Good language skills help people take full advantage of the opportunities open to them across the EU. The European Commission has therefore set the ambitious target that every European citizen should be able to communicate in at least two foreign languages from an early age. In this video, Ms. Vassiliou launches a new initiative aimed at promoting and supporting language learning between neighbouring countries, since being able to communicate across language borders is crucial for Europe's dynamic and harmonious growth.