Six EU-funded education projects aimed at promoting social inclusion were named today as winners of the 2010 European Awards for Lifelong Learning. The winning projects are from Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom and involve partners from many other European countries. The awards were announced at a conference in Barcelona.
Ninety five per cent of young people taking part in projects supported by the European Union’s Youth in Action programme improved their language skills and 66% believe that the experience also increased their chances of finding a job, according to a recent survey conducted by the European Commission. 60% voted in the 2009 European Parliament elections, compared to an average of 29% among young Europeans.
Androulla Vassiliou, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will discuss progress by Member States in setting national targets to reduce the number of early school leavers and to increase the proportion of young people in tertiary or equivalent education when she joins Ministers at the Education, Youth and Culture Council in Brussels on 10-11 May 2010. The Council will deal with sport for the first time.
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for education and culture, will discuss future policy priorities at a meeting with Andreas Demetriou, the Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture, in Brussels tonight. They will be joined by the Polish Minister of National Education, Katarzyna Hall, and the Director-General of the Danish Ministry of Education, Torben Kornbech Rasmussen. Cyprus, Poland and Denmark will lead the Presidency of the European Union from July 2011 to December 2012.
High level representatives from business, higher education and politics are meeting in Brussels on 4-5 May for the 2010 European University-Business Forum. Participants will discuss how universities and businesses, in particular SMEs, can join forces for their mutual benefit. The forum will explore how new forms of working together can contribute to the EU's reform agenda, in particular to regional development, innovation and the quality of education.
Twenty European films financed by the European Union’s MEDIA programme have been selected for screening at the 63rd Cannes International Film Festival, including six films in competition for the Palme d’Or Award (see annex for details). 17 May is the European Rendez-vous at Cannes, when the festival celebrates the best of European cinema. Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou will announce the winner of the 2010 European Talent Prize, which is awarded to the best project for a film with a European dimension. Together with Festival President Gilles Jacob, she will also meet industry professionals and representatives of the European and international film institutions to discuss funding for film-makers.