Former world champion Garry Kasparov presented his 'chess in schools' initiative to Commissioner Vassiliou at a meeting on 21 March. The idea is to develop a comprehensive chess curriculum which can be introduced in schools across Europe to help young people develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving.
The EU Council for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport held informal ministerial meetings on culture and education in the Royal Palace of Gödöllö on 28-29 March. Commissioner Vassiliou represented the European Commission. The meeting on culture (28 March) was chaired by Géza Szöcs, Hungarian Minister of State for Culture. The meeting on education (29 March) was chaired by Rózsa Hoffmann, Hungarian Minister of State for Education.
High-level representatives from business, higher education and politics are meeting in Brussels on 22-23 March for the fourth annual European University-Business Forum. Participants will discuss how universities and businesses can contribute to the Europe 2020 reform agenda by improving the employability of graduates and increasing Europe's innovation capacity. Among the keynote speakers are Commissioner Vassiliou, Christian Jourquin, CEO of Solvay Group and Chair of the Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Foundation, and Professor Mario Monti, President of Bocconi University in Milan and a former Member of the European Commission.
Action to tackle youth unemployment will be the focus of the EU Youth Conference in Budapest / Gödöllő, which brings together more than 100 youth representatives and policymakers on 2-4 March. Ms. Vassiliou said: 'Five million young people are out of work and the conference is a chance for youth representatives to make their voice heard in how Europe can best address this problem.'