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Commissioner Vassiliou presents “Youth on the Move” at the International Education Fair in Nicosia

29.02.2012 European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou delivers speech outlining the importance of mobility in increasing employment prospects at the 19th International Education Fair in Nicosia, February 17-19, 2012.

On Friday, February 17th, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, outlined the importance of vocational training, studying and working abroad for improving the job prospects of young people. In a speech at the 19th International Education Fair in Cyprus she explained the importance of European action in this domain and gave details of Erasmus for All, the Commission’s programme proposal for the period after 2013, which substantially increases funding for studying and learning abroad.

Vassiliou also inaugurated the three day Youth on the Move event, a part of a pan European campaign: "The ability to understand other cultures, speak foreign languages and adapt to foreign environments have never been as important as they are today. Studying, volunteering or working in another country is an excellent way to develop these skills and over two million people have already participated in European mobility programs over the last year and can testify to these great benefits."

Following her speech at the opening ceremony of the fair, Commissioner Vassiliou visited the European Commission's Youth on the Move stand, where presentations, debates and performances were taking place from Friday till Sunday. She met with young people interested in EU education programmes and answered questions about current and future opportunities offered by them.

Commissioner Vassiliou was accompanied by the Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture, Dr. George Demosthenous, and the Ambassador of “Youth on the Move” in Cyprus, Karolina Pelendritou. The swimmer became the first Cypriot Paralympic champion in the women's 100m breaststroke and due to her profession has had the opportunity to travel to and work in various places. “The experiences that young Cypriots will gain from travelling to other countries, either for studies or for placements or for work, are extremely valuable, not only for their personal development, but for National and European reasons as well. Not only sending young people abroad, but also hosting young Europeans is valuable for the participating countries, because mobility in general contributes to the European integration.”, she said.

The “Youth on the Move” initiative aims to improve young people’s education and employability by promoting the value of study and work experience abroad and offering opportunities for young people to do so. It is a flagship initiative of Europe 2020, the EU's growth strategy for the next decade.

Cyprus, which is preparing to take over the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2012, hosted the International Education Fair for the 19th consecutive year. The fair is the biggest education show in the country with more than 10.000 people from Cyprus, Greece and neighbouring countries coming to visit it every year.

The photo shows European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou walking around the 19th International Education Fair accompanied by the Minister of Education and Culture, Dr. George Demosthenous: http://bit.ly/ArzkkA

For more information about Youth on the Move please visit the official EU webpage http://ec.europa.eu/youthonthemove/.

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