Statement by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, at the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council.
"I attach great importance to my proposal for a new programme in the area of education, training, youth and sport. It is based on a rationale of strong EU added value, systemic impact, streamlining and simplification. The proposed actions are directly linked to the over-arching commonly agreed EU policy objectives.
The programme will offer more opportunities for mobility and more opportunities for educational and youth organisations to cooperate and learn from peers.
At the same time, the programme will ensure better value for money, better results, increased user-friendliness for beneficiaries and a more cost-effective delivery. I am very happy that the key points of the proposal have met with widespread support both within the Council and the Parliament.
I also noticed a clear willingness among all three institutions to quickly come to an agreement on this key file. I am therefore confident that the Irish Presidency will successfully conclude the negotiations during their presidency.
I also believe that the new programme should have a strong and recognisable name that allows for effective communication with European citizens. This is why we should fully exploit the highly appreciated Erasmus brand name.
To conclude, I would like to stress that the new programme will be an important tool for targeted investment into education, training and youth and will contribute to creating sustainable growth and jobs. I therefore believe that it is in our common interest to come swiftly to an agreement on the best possible programme for European citizens."