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04/12/2013 - Culture, education and youth / Employment and social rights
The proposal for a Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships would in particular call on Member States to ensure that national law or practice respects the principles set out in the guidelines, and to adapt their legislation where necessary. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
26/11/2013 - Culture, education and youth
The Council adopted conclusions on effective leadership in education and the global dimension of European higher education. It also held a debate, in public deliberation, on open educational resources and digital learning. |PHOTOS|
19/11/2013 - Culture, education and youth
14/11/2013 - Culture, education and youth / Economy, finance, tax and competition
The new Cinema Communication allows aid for a wider scope of activities, highlights Member States' discretion in defining cultural activities worthy of support, introduces the possibility to give more aid to cross-border productions and promotes film heritage. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
08/10/2013 - Culture, education and youth
One in five adults in Europe have low literacy and numeracy skills, and even a university degree in the same subject is no guarantee of the same level of skills in different countries, according to the first comprehensive international Survey of Adult Skills published by the OECD and European Commission. |PHOTOS|
25/09/2013 - Culture, education and youth
The European Commission unveils 'Opening up Education', an action plan to tackle this and other digital problems which are hampering schools and universities from delivering high quality education and the digital skills which 90% of jobs will require by 2020. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|2|
11/07/2013 - Culture, education and youth
The European Commission launches a new strategy, 'European higher education in the world', aiming to ensure European graduates gain the international skills they need to work anywhere in the world and that Europe remains the most attractive destination for international students.
17/05/2013 - Culture, education and youth / Institutional affairs
The Council adopted conclusions on the social dimension of higher education. It also held, in public deliberation, a policy debate on the link between teaching professions of the highest quality and achieving better learning outcomes. |VIDEO 1|2|3|4|
11/04/2013 - Culture, education and youth
A majority of EU Member States have made progress on the Europe 2020 education targets to reduce the rate of early school leaving to below 10% and increase the share of young people with higher education (tertiary or equivalent) qualifications to above 40% by 2020, according to new figures for 2012 released by Eurostat.
28/02/2013 - Culture, education and youth / Employment and social rights / Institutional affairs
15/02/2013 - Culture, education and youth
The EU's education ministers discussed Erasmus for All, the reformed student exchange programme, and the contribution of education to creating jobs and growth.
05/12/2012 - Culture, education and youth / Employment and social rights
Measures to help Member States tackle unacceptable levels of youth unemployment and social exclusion by giving young people offers of jobs, education and training have been proposed by the European Commission.
26/11/2012 - Culture, education and youth / Institutional affairs
The Council took note of the state of play concerning the proposal for a regulation establishing the "Erasmus for All" programme (2014-2020).
20/11/2012 - Culture, education and youth
The European Commission is launching a new strategy called Rethinking Education to encourage Member States to take immediate action to ensure that young people develop the skills and competences needed by the labour market and to achieve their targets for growth and jobs.
25/10/2012 - Culture, education and youth
Only 6% of film/video, newspapers, magazines and book sales were digital, according to the Joint Research Centre's (JRC) report on "The media and content industries. A quantitative overview".
26/09/2012 - Culture, education and youth
The Commission's new strategy aims to increase the competitiveness and export potential of these sectors, as well as to maximise their spill-over benefits for other areas such as innovation, ICT and urban regeneration.
14/09/2012 - Culture, education and youth
Where you live in Europe can strongly influence your education and prospects in life, according to a new European Commission report.
11/09/2012 - Culture, education and youth
The report Education at a Glance 2012, compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), identifies several areas in European education that are likely to create challenges in the near future. An ageing teaching force is one of them.
10/09/2012 - Culture, education and youth / Employment and social rights
The report, which is produced every three years by the Commission, underlines that the EU and Member States must do more to support young people, who have borne the brunt of the economic crisis.
10/09/2012 - Culture, education and youth
Tuition fees are highest in England, where students pay up to £9 000 (around €11 500) per academic year, while nine countries (Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Malta, Norway, UK (Scotland) and Sweden) do not charge fees in most cases.
05/09/2012 - Culture, education and youth / Employment and social rights
The Commission's proposal aims to increase job opportunities in particular for the young unemployed and those with few formal qualifications such as older and low-skilled workers.
24/08/2012 - Culture, education and youth
Aarhus beat off the challenge of Sønderborg to represent Denmark. Cyprus is the other Member State in which a city will host the title in five years' time.
11/07/2012 - Culture, education and youth
The European Commission has proposed measures to modernise collecting societies and put in place incentives to promote their transparency and efficiency. New digital technologies are opening up great opportunities for creators, consumers and businesses alike.
07/06/2012 - Culture, education and youth
Member States must work harder if they are to meet the Europe 2020 education targets to reduce early school leaving rates to less than 10% and increase the share of young people with degree-level qualifications to at least 40%, according to figures for 2011 released by Eurostat.
24/05/2012 - Culture, education and youth / Employment and social rights
Devising a ‘European Investment Plan’ to create new jobs, reallocating EU structural funds to projects for young people, and introducing a ‘European Youth Guarantee’ to ensure that they are not without jobs for more than four months, are among the proposals set out by MEPs in a resolution.
13/04/2012 - Business / Culture, education and youth
Entrepreneurship education is being increasingly promoted in most European countries, according to a new report published by the European Commission. Half of European countries are engaged in a process of educational reforms which include the strengthening of entrepreneurship education.
10/02/2012 - Culture, education and youth
How can education and training support the EU's strategy to promote growth and jobs, and how, in particular, can they contribute to reducing youth unemployment?