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Organisations wishing to bid for funding in 2014 from Erasmus+ and Creative Europe can start to prepare their grant applications. The new Programme Guides for Erasmus+ and Creative Europe provide detailed information on how to apply and are now available.
The latest OECD/PISA report on the maths, science and reading skills of 15 year olds reveals mixed results for Member States. The EU as a whole is seriously lagging behind in maths, but the picture is more encouraging in science and reading where Europe is on track to achieve its 2020 target for reducing the percentage of low achievers1 to below 15%. The results were presented in Brussels by Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary General of OECD, and Jan TRUSZCZYŃSKI, European Commission Director General for Education and Culture.Read more
Sixteen Member States decreased their spending on education between 2008 and 2011, with six showing further significant budget decreases in 2012, according to the latest Education and Training Monitor released on 30 October by the European Commission. This year's Monitor also confirms a fall in the employment rate of recent graduates with at least an upper secondary education qualification, and that one in five of the EU working population with tertiary qualifications are in jobs that usually require lower qualifications.Read more
Is Europe becoming a less cultural continent? The findings of a new Eurobarometer survey on cultural access and participation – the first on the topic since 2007 – suggest this may be the case.Read more
On 26 November the Council adopted the first ever Council Recommendation in sport, notably on promoting health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA). Member States agreed that Europeans do not do enough physical activity, and that more can be done together to address this problem and the economic and social costs related to it. The initiative aims at encouraging the development and implementation of effective HEPA policies in the Member States.Read more