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According to the results of the latest Eurobarometer survey on sport and physical activity, 59% of European Union citizens never or seldom exercise or play sport, while 41% do so at least once a week. Northern Europe is more physically active than the South and East. 70% of respondents in Sweden said they exercise or play sport at least once a week, just ahead of Denmark (68%) and Finland (66%), followed by the Netherlands (58%) and Luxembourg (54%). At the other end of the scale, 78% never do so in Bulgaria, followed by Malta (75%), Portugal (64%), Romania (60%) and Italy (60%).Read more
Androulla Vassiliou joined philanthropist George Soros and Remus Pricopie, the Romanian Minister of Education, to visit education projects in Bucharest which support the social integration of Roma communities.Read more
The new Erasmus+ programme, for instance, will offer Ukrainians more opportunities to benefit from grants for student mobility, academic cooperation, and youth exchanges. That has to be seen in the wider perspective of the European Commission' support to Ukraine.Read more
Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou announced a new Commission strategy for promoting the intrinsic and societal value of cultural heritage, while seeking to maximise its contribution to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The strategy, due to be adopted in May, will focus on how the EU can support Member States and increase cooperation at European level to strengthen the protection of cultural heritage.Read more
European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has congratulated Italian director-screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino whose MEDIA-backed epic La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at last 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood. The movie, staring Toni Servillo as a 65-year-old socialite reflecting on his life in Rome, has received more than €300 000 to date from the European Union's MEDIA programme for film development and distribution. In total, seven MEDIA-backed titles were nominated for Oscars in six categories.Read more