News February 2010
Commissioner to address Greek Presidency conference on financing for the cultural and creative sectors
On 20-21 February, the Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU will host a conference in Athens on 'Financing Creativity'. Commissioner Vassiliou will address the opening together with Panos Panagiotopoulos, the Greek Minister of Culture, and Silvia Costa, MEP and 'rapporteur' for the Creative Europe programme.
Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou will participate in two major events at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, over the coming days.
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will take part in a chat via Twitter tomorrow, Wednesday 5 February, 11am-noon. It will focus on the new Erasmus+ and Creative Europe programmes and how investment in education and culture can contribute to overcoming the crisis. More information: #EUchat, @VassiliouEU
The role of education in global efforts to combat poverty and boost sustainable development is the focus of a high-level debate organised by UNESCO and the Mission of Norway to the EU in Brussels tomorrow (5 February). Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will take part in the event, which comes as the international community seeks to map out a new global framework for development beyond 2015 when the UN's Millennium Development Goals expire. Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, and Bjørn Haugstad, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, will also participate in tomorrow's discussion.
Statement by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for sport:
'The Winter Olympics are always a special moment in the world of sport. They mark the coming together of athletes from all corners of the planet to engage in the ultimate sporting competition and one of the most powerful unifying forces in our society. I hope that the Sochi Winter Olympics are a success, both on the 'field of play' but also beyond it. I would also like to wish the best of luck to all the competitors, and in particular of course, to all my fellow Europeans.'