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Brussels, 15 May 2009

European Commission and Government of Brazil launch policy dialogue in education and culture

During his official visit to Brazil, the European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Ján Figel', will sign Joint Declarations with his ministerial counterparts in the fields of education and culture. With these Declarations, the European Commission and the Government of Brazil aim to reinforce their co-operation in the form of a policy dialogue on key issues in education and culture.

During his trip to Brazil, from 17 to 19 May 2009, Commissioner Figel' will underline the importance of furthering co-operation on education and culture between the EU and Brazil: "I welcome our reinforced dialogue with the Brazilian authorities as an important step in developing the Brazil-EU strategic partnership. Our policy exchanges will be mutually beneficial, by stimulating the formulation of new strategies to address the challenges of our ever-more complex, competitive, globalising world. Our increasingly popular Erasmus Mundus programme for study and research in Europe is an important example of where we can build on existing, tangible joint initiatives."

In meetings with the Brazilian Minister for Culture, João Silva Ferreira, and with the Brazilian Minister for Education, Fernando Haddad, Commissioner Figel' will sign two Joint Declarations, in the fields of culture and education, to formally mark the launch of a policy dialogue between the European Commission and the Government of Brazil.

This visit is a follow-up to the EU-Brazil Joint Action Plan adopted at the 2nd EU-Brazil Summit in December 2008 (Rio de Janeiro), which provides for the launch of a sectoral policy dialogue in the fields of education and culture. This initiative builds on rich and diversified co-operation in education already developed through EU-funded programmes. The aim is to have a mutually beneficial mechanism for the exchange of information and experiences, of best practices, as well as a process of peer learning between administrations.

On Tuesday 19 May, the Commissioner will meet the São Paulo Secretary of Higher Education, Carlos Alberto Vogt, as well as Mr João Sayad, Secretary of Culture of the Government of the state of Sao Paulo.

To find out more:

European Commission: External Relations: The EU-Brazil Joint Action Plan

European Commission: External co-operation in education and training:

The European Commission’s Delegation to Brazil

Study in Europe portal

European Commission: The Erasmus Mundus programme:

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