On 5 October 2015, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank organised a successful joint event to raise awareness on the existing and new funding possibilities for the education and training sector, and to help to mobilise potential project promoters.
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- About 250 participants from Ministries of Education, Ministries of Finance, national promotional banks, education and training stakeholders, social partners and civil society discussed the main opportunities of the Investment Plan for Europe for the education and training sector. The basics of the Plan were explained and a number of projects were showcased to inspire others.
- Vice-President Katainen underlined the importance of investing in education and encouraged participants to come forward with practical ideas for investment opportunities. He offered support from the European Commission to help with this through the "Hub", providing technical assistance for potential project promoters.
- Commissioner Navracsics emphasised that together we can reverse the alarming trend of underinvestment in education and get fresh money flowing into the sector across Europe. He also highlighted that the private sector can play its part in investing in education and that there are ample opportunities to combine the European Fund for Strategic investments (EFSI) with the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).
- Claude Meisch, Minister for National Education, Children and Young People and Minister for Higher Education and Research for Luxembourg, pointed at the great diversity of the projects that could benefit from EFSI support. He welcomes all investment opportunities in education and training as "the continent must unite for the future of its youth, of its society".
- Martine Reicherts concluded the conference underlining that this event was a first step for mobilising the education sector to use the Investment Plan. She invited the sector to develop high quality projects and underlined the importance of mobilising relevant partners in developing investment projects.