On 23 October, the European Commission asked the Council and the European Parliament to urgently bridge a €9 billion shortfall in the 2012 EU budget; without this cash injection, several of its funding programmes, including the flagship Erasmus student exchange scheme, will be at risk (IP/12/1137).
Sixteen European countries have reduced or frozen teachers' salaries in response to the economic downturn.
The European Commission welcomes today's ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that finds that, by granting reduced fares on public transport only to students whose parents are in receipt of Austrian family allowances, Austria was in breach of the principle of equal treatment for EU citizens.
During this informal meeting in Nicosia, EU Education Ministers will focus on the central role of education in implementing the Europe 2020 strategy for jobs and growth.
The winners of the 2012 European Union Prize for Literature, which recognises the best new or emerging authors in the EU, were announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The winners of the 2013 European Border Breakers Awards, celebrating the top new talents in European pop music, were announced today by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and the European music festival Eurosonic Noorderslag.
The European Commission will tomorrow unveil its new plans for putting audiences, as well as artists, at the heart of its new Creative Europe programme for the cultural and creative sectors.
The Maltese capital of Valletta was recommended today for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2018 by an independent selection panel. The formal nomination of Valletta by the EU's Council of Ministers will take place in May 2013.
Joint Statement by Vice President Kroes (Digital Agenda) and Commissioner Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism & Youth) following MIPCOM roundtable in Cannes with representatives of the film industry – including distributors, film directors, producers, broadcasters and telecom operators – to discuss the opportunities created by the digital revolution for the distribution and financing of European films in the EU digital market.
The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso has sent the following message this morning to the Team Europe Ryder Cup Captain, José María Olazábal.