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Vassiliou urges Education Ministers to help kids crack the code

29/07/2014

European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has written a letter to EU Education Ministers urging them to ensure that children have the opportunity to develop basic computer coding skills in school. The letter, jointly signed with Neelie Kroes, Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, states that coding skills are part of the solution to youth unemployment and a growing skills gap in the ICT sector, which is expected to see a shortage of 900 000 ICT practitioners by the end of 2020.

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Joint Research Centre and Cyprus Institute sign partnership agreement

22/07/2014

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Cyprus Institute signed a partnership agreement on 22 July to boost joint research, innovation and cooperation in fields such as sustainable water and land management, environmental protection, climate change, energy and cultural heritage preservation.

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Another record-breaking year for Erasmus

10/07/2014

The latest Erasmus statistics released by the European Commission today reveal that nearly 270 000 students - a new record - benefitted from EU grants to study or train abroad in 2012-2013. While studying at another university continues to be the most popular choice, one in five students (55 000) opted for Erasmus job placements in companies. The three most popular destinations for Erasmus students in 2012-2013 were Spain, Germany and France. Countries sending the highest number of students as a proportion of their graduate population were Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Finland, Latvia and Spain.

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President Barroso to open Europe's largest science event in Copenhagen

20/06/2014

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will on Sunday launch EuroScience Open Forum 2014 (ESOF 2014), Europe's leading biennial science conference, being held this year in Copenhagen. In his speech, President Barroso will call on Europe to remain a world leader in science and use it as a source of jobs and growth. To achieve that, he will call for better and more investment in research and innovation, and a better link with the marketplace.

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Facebook chat: Erasmus+ open to the world

14/05/2014

Did you know that, in addition to offering 4 million grants over the next seven years for exchanges within the EU and associated countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey), Erasmus+ will also fund 135 000 scholarships for short-term study or teaching opportunities involving countries worldwide?

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Culture

Three more Balkan countries sign up for Creative Europe

23/07/2014

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have signed agreements to participate in the European Union's Creative Europe programme.

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Female Commissioners call for Member States to nominate more women in new College

11/07/2014

Female EU Commissioners have signed a letter supporting a call by President-Designate Jean-Claude Juncker for Member States to nominate at least 10 women for the next Commission. The letter, addressed to Mr Juncker, states that the European Union is committed to making continual progress towards gender equality and that such progress demands an increase, not a decrease, in the number of female Commissioners.

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Vienna: Plácido Domingo and Androulla Vassiliou present EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards

05/05/2014

The winners of the 2014 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards will be honoured this evening during a ceremony in Vienna.

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First European Heritage Label winners get awards

07/04/2014

The four sites selected to be the first recipients of the new European Heritage Label will be presented with the award on Tuesday 8 April by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. Doris Pack, chair of the European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee, will also participate in the ceremony at the Solvay Library in Brussels.

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Join the debate! Commissioner Vassiliou takes part in Pan-European Citizens' Dialogue

26/03/2014

Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou will join citizens from across the EU, together with Commission President José Manuel Barroso, nine other Commissioners and members of the European Parliament in the Pan-European Citizens' Dialogue tomorrow, 27 March.

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Youth

President Barroso supports Nestlé’s employment initiative in Lisbon

23/06/2014

Today in Lisbon, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, joins the Prime Minister of Portugal, Pedro Passos Coelho, the Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal, Paulo Portas, the Nestlé Europe CEO Laurent Freixe and Nestlé’s business partners to sign up to the European Commission’s European Alliance for Apprenticeships.

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Vassiliou to address youth employability with Southern Mediterranean countries

20/06/2014

On 23 June, Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will open the second dialogue with Southern Mediterranean countries on higher education. The meeting will focus on policies and programmes in the EU and the Southern Mediterranean region to improve the employability of young graduates.

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Connecting U and the EU

22/10/2012

Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou engaged a debate on investing in youth for the future of Europe organised by EURANET and European Youth Forum.
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Connecting U and the EU

22/10/2012

Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou engaged a debate on investing in youth for the future of Europe organised by EURANET and European Youth Forum.
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Pictures from the debate

Nicosia International Education Fair 2012

17/02/2012

The European Commission's Youth on the Move road-show arrived today at the International Education Fair in Nicosia, Cyprus.

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Sport

Commissioner Vassiliou to address world conference on women and sport

11/06/2014

On 12-13 June Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou will take part in the World Conference on Women and Sport in Helsinki, organised by the International Working Group on Women and Sport with the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee.

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World Cup: Come on Europe!

10/06/2014

The European Commissioner responsible for sport, Androulla Vassiliou, has sent a good luck message to European teams taking part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The 20th World Cup tournament kicks off at Sao Paulo on Thursday, 12 June, with the hosts, Brazil, facing Croatia in Group A. World champions Spain start the defence of their title against the Netherlands on Friday, 13 June, in Salvador. The final will take place on 13 July 2014 at Rio De Janeiro's Maracanã stadium.

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Football needs more female coaches, says Vassiliou

30/04/2014

Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for sport, will call for UEFA to do more to promote female coaches in football when she meets its President Michel Platini at a meeting of the UEFA Women in Football Leadership Programme in Switzerland this afternoon.

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Basketball: Commission asks Spain to end indirect discrimination towards players from other Member States

16/04/2014

The European Commission has requested Spain to change its rules on the composition of basketball teams as the current quotas for locally trained players lead to indirect indiscrimination towards players from other Member States.

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Androulla Vassiliou welcomes the agreement reached on provisional arrangement for the organisation of football in Cyprus

06/11/2013

After many efforts, it seems that the football family of Cyprus has finally come to an important agreement in signing a provisional arrangement for the organisation of football in Cyprus. I commend the efforts of both sides, and congratulate them in reaching this historic agreement and I also thank the Presidents of FIFA and UEFA, Mr. Blatter and Mr. Platini, for their personal involvement and role in this matter.

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MEDIA

EU-backed films honoured at Cannes

26/05/2014

Three films supported by the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA programme received awards at the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival. The jury, chaired by Jane Campion, awarded the Grand Prix in the main competition to Italian director Alice Rohrwachter for The Wonders (Les Merveilles). Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu Au Langage (Goodbye to Language) received the Jury Prize and Timothy Spall received the award for Best Actor for his performance in Mike Leigh's Mr Turner. In the 'Un Certain Regard' section, the Jury Prize went to the Swedish film Turist by Ruben Ostlund.

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Bosnian film director Tanović to receive EU 'Prix MEDIA' at Cannes

14/05/2014

The Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanović is the winner of the 2014 European Union 'Prix MEDIA', awarded to the best new film project eligible for support from the Creative Europe MEDIA programme . Tanović will receive the award from Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for culture, during a ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Saturday 17 May (11am, Café des Palmes, Palais des Festivals).

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CREATIVE EUROPE IN THE OSCAR RACE

21/01/2014

Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has welcomed the fact that four of the five movies nominated as Best Foreign Language Film for the Oscars are supported by the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA programme. The UK film Philomenia, nominated as Best Picture and for Best Actress, as well as films in the categories of Best Animated Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature, have also received support from the MEDIA sub-programme.

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Golden Globes: Vassiliou salutes latest success for Amour

14/01/2013

European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has congratulated Austrian director Michael Haneke after his film Amour scooped the Golden Globe for best foreign language film at the US award ceremony in Beverly Hills.

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Golden Globes: Vassiliou salutes latest success for Amour

14/01/2013

European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has congratulated Austrian director Michael Haneke after his film Amour scooped the Golden Globe for best foreign language film at the US award ceremony in Beverly Hills.

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Multilingualism

Juvenes Translatores: 3000 teenagers test translation skills in EU-wide contest

27/11/2013

More than 3 000 teenage students across the European Union will be putting their translation skills to the test on 28 November as they take part in the seventh annual EU Young Translator contest.

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Don't miss your chance to enter EU Young Translators' Contest for schools

02/09/2013

Secondary schools can now register for the annual EU Young Translator Contest at Juvenes Translatores.

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EU Young Translator contest: 3000 pupils battle it out

26/11/2012

More than 3 000 teenagers from all over Europe will compete in the annual EU Young Translator Juvenes Translatores contest on 27 November.

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Commissioner Vassiliou launches "Learning the languages of neighbouring countries" initiative

11/02/2011

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.

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Languages open doors

28/06/2010

Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou is backing an international declaration calling for more awareness-raising in schools and universities about the importance of language learning and career opportunities for interpreters, translators and other skilled language professionals.

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