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EU and China set to boost co-operation on education, culture, youth and research

24/10/2011

Beijing, 24 October 2011 – The European Union and China are preparing to take their co-operation to a new level on issues relating to education, culture, youth, research and multilingualism. Androulla Vassiliou is in Beijing to finalise plans for the launch of a "people-to-people" dialogue covering these areas.
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Short films on language learning compete for Prix Europa

21/10/2011

Berlin, 21 October 2011 - Fifteen short films by art and film students from ten EU countries will compete in this year's 25th Prix Europa festival, in the Best Video on Multilingualism ('Languages through Lenses') category. The 90-second films focus on language learning and cultural diversity.

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Winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for literature

11/10/2011

Brussels, 11 October 2011 – The winners of this year's prize, for best new or emerging authors in the EU, are: Kalin Terziyski (Bulgaria), Tomáš Zmeškal (Czech Republic), Kostas Hatziantoniou (Greece), Ófeigur Sigurðsson (Iceland), Inga Zolude (Latvia), Iren Nigg (Liechtenstein), Immanuel Mifsud (Malta), Andrej Nikolaidis (Montenegro), Rodaan Al Galidi (Netherlands), Jelena Lengold (Serbia), Ciler Ilhan (Turkey), and Adam Foulds (United Kingdom). The winners were announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

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European Commission congratulates Swedish winner of Nobel Prize for Literature

06/10/2011

Androulla Vassiliou pays tribute to Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, who was today named the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Winners of the European Border Breakers' pop awards

06/10/2011

Brussels / Groningen, 6 October 2011 – The winners of the 2012 European Border Breakers Awards, celebrating the top new talents in European pop music, were announced today by Androulla Vassiliou and music festival Eurosonic Noorderslag.

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EU and Brazil sign agreement to step up cooperation

04/10/2011

Brussels, 4 October 2011 - The European Commission and Brazil are to step up joint cooperation on cultural issues. Androulla Vassiliou and Ana de Hollanda, Minister of State of Culture of Brazil, today signed a four-year joint action plan focusing on cultural diversity, cultural heritage and the development of a sustainable cultural and creative economy.

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Commissioner Vassiliou at WorldSkills London 2011 pdf

06/10/2011

Brussels, 6 October 2011 – Androulla Vassiliou visits the UK to raise awareness about the Commission's 'Youth on the Move' initiative, aimed at encouraging young people to boost their development and skills by taking up EU-sponsored opportunities to study, train or work abroad.

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Teachers' starting salaries not attractive, says report

04/10/2011

Brussels, 4 October 2011 – Almost everywhere in Europe, gross basic salaries for teachers entering the profession are lower than national GDP per capita - and their pay will not even double over the course of their working lifetime, except in a handful of countries. These are the main findings of a report that compares the salaries of public-sector teachers and school heads in 31 European countries.

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Sport

Vassiliou welcomes smoke-free UEFA Euro 2012: "Sport and tobacco don't mix"

20/10/2011

Commisisoner Vassiliou has welcomed today's announcement that the EURO 2012 football championship will be a cigarette-free zone. UEFA, European football's governing body, has announced a complete ban on the use, sale and promotion of tobacco in all stadiums hosting finals matches next June.

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