"Investing in education, training and research is the best investment we can make for Europe's future. Each year, the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo Da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig) and the Marie Curie Actions enable more than 400 000 people to study, work, volunteer or do research abroad. This experience enhances their skills, personal development and job prospects - and it can also contribute to overcoming the crisis."
The European Commission will confirm today its commitment to making education more equal and of a higher quality in the Development agenda beyond 2015 through continued financial support, during a High level event in Brussels.
An EU High Level Conference on Education and Development will take place on 23 May in Brussels’ historic Bibliothèque Solvay. It will see the EU outline its new priorities in education in developing and partner countries after 2015.
Speech at Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Council meeting/Brussels
Commissioner Vassiliou was guest of honour at the 25th anniversary Friends of Music concert organised by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) on15 May. The event, held at the European Parliament, featured performances by British chart-topper Joss Stone and Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu.
Speech at Friends of Music – 25th Anniversary/Brussels – European Parliament
Is the European Union's youth policy up to the job in today's difficult economic and social climate? Can the European Union do more to help sports organisations tackle doping? Will the proposed EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership affect the EU's commitment to cultural diversity? These are just some of the issues which will be in the spotlight at the Council for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport on 16-17 May.
The European Union (EU) has agreed on additional funding to further develop the modernisation of higher education as well as the international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in Tunisia under the Erasmus Mundus and Tempus programmes.