Brussels, 25 April - A team representing the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) will compete in the final of one of the world's leading business competitions in New York City on 26 April. The five-strong team, who will present a project aimed at boosting the use of solar power in Africa, received a "good luck" message from EU Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Commissioner, Androulla Vassiliou, on the eve of their participation in the anti-poverty HULT Global Case Challenge.
Brussels, 25 April 2012 – European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou has told Member States that they need to urgently modernise their higher education systems and remove barriers to a fully functioning European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in response to the crisis and rising youth unemployment. Speaking ahead of the two-yearly meeting of higher education ministers in Bucharest (Romania), in the framework of the Bologna Process, Commissioner Vassiliou underlined that action is essential to help drive jobs and growth in Europe.
Brussels, 17 April 2012 - The European Commission today launches the “We Mean Business” campaign, which aims to encourage companies to create more trainee placements to boost young people's skills and employability. At the same time, traineeships can help young people make a smooth transition from education and training to a first good job.
"Entrepreneurship education is a driver for future growth and will help us to inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. If Europe wants to stay competitive, it must invest in its people, in their skills and their ability to adapt and innovate. This means we need to encourage a real change of mind-set in Europe towards entrepreneurial attitudes and this starts by instilling a spirit of entrepreneurship from early education onwards."
Androulla Vassiliou, Commissaire européen en charge de l'éducation, de la culture, du multilinguisme et de la jeunesse se rend ce 20 avril à la maison de Robert Schuman à Scy-Chazelles. Elle visitera la maison historique et le nouveau musée attenant et déposera ensuite une gerbe sur sa tombe dans l'église St Quentin.
Brussels, 18 April - The European Union and China are taking their co-operation to a new level with the launch of a "people-to-people" dialogue covering education, culture, youth, research and multilingualism. Androulla Vassiliou and Liu Yandong, Chinese State Councillor, today signed a joint declaration in which the EU and China commit to strengthening contacts and exchanges between their peoples in order to deepen understanding and trust.
The role of arts and culture in encouraging Roma inclusion will be the focus of a conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels on 18 April. A concert organised by the Yehudi Menuhin International Foundation, featuring acclaimed Roma singer Ida Kelarova and Roma children, will take place in the evening.
Three of the winners of last year's prize will be at the London Book Fair on 18 April. Andrej Nikolaidis (Montenegro) and Inga Zolude (Latvia) will visit the Pen Literary Café and UK winner Adam Foulds will later join them to take part in a debate organised with 'Literature across Frontiers', an initiative promoting literary exchange, translation and policy debate around the topic of literature.
Androulla Vassiliou has paid tribute to French film director Claude Miller who died in Paris last night, aged 70.
Brussels, 4 April 2012 - Androulla Vassiliou will award the first EU MEDIA prize to the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi on Sunday, 20 May 2012 at the Cannes Film Festival.