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e-newsletter - November 2013

Androulla Vassiliou
Androulla Vassiliou

Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth

"I am very pleased that the European Parliament agreed to significantly increase the budgets for all the programmes under my responsibility: Erasmus + (extra 40%), Creative Europe (+9%), the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (x7) and the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (+30%). This means many more opportunities for students, apprentices, researchers, teachers, artists, film-makers and volunteers, as well as others, to gain international experience and skills which will boost their career prospects and growth in Europe."

Green light for Erasmus+: More than 4 million to get EU grants for skills and employability <a href="" target="_blank" style="color:#324258;">#ErasmusPlus</a>

Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, due to begin in January, was approved on 19 November by the European Parliament. Aimed at boosting skills, employability and supporting the modernisation of education, training and youth systems, the seven-year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion - 40% higher than current levels. More than 4 million people will receive support to study, train, work or volunteer abroad, including 2 million higher education students, 650 000 vocational training students and apprentices, as well as more than 500 000 going on youth exchanges or volunteering abroad. Students planning a full Master's degree abroad, for which national grants or loans are seldom available, will benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme run by the European Investment Fund. Erasmus+ will also provide funding for education and training staff, youth workers and for partnerships between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations.

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See IP/13/1110

European Commission: Erasmus+

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Commission welcomes approval of Creative Europe Programme by European Parliament <a href="" target="_blank" style="color:#324258;">#CreativeEurope</a>

European culture, cinema, television, music, literature, performing arts, heritage and related areas will benefit from increased support under the European Commission's new Creative Europe programme, which was approved on 19 November by the European Parliament. With a budget of €1.46 billion over the next seven years – 9% more than current levels – the programme will provide a boost for the cultural and creative sectors, which are a major source of jobs and growth. Creative Europe will provide funding for at least 250 000 artists and cultural professionals, 2 000 cinemas, 800 films and 4 500 book translations. It will also launch a new financial guarantee facility enabling small cultural and creative businesses to access up to €750 million in bank loans.

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See IP/13/1114

European Commission: Creative Europe

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Horizon 2020 "massive boost for European research and entrepreneurs", says Vassiliou

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), funding research fellowships, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) will get significantly more money under the new EU Horizon 2020 budget for research and innovation, adopted on 21 November by the European Parliament. The MSCA and EIT come under the responsibility of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, who described the vote as "a massive boost for European research and the entrepreneurs of tomorrow".

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See IP/13/1133

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

European Institute of Innovation and Technology at a glance pdfpdf


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