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EXME 12 / 11.09
Midday Express of 2012-09-11
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
The European Commission today welcomed the launch of Education at a Glance 2012, an annual report providing data from 34 countries including 21 EU Member States (list below) on performance in education. The report, 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: more than 40% of secondary school teachers in five EU countries (Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, the Netherlands, Sweden) are aged 50 or older – in Germany and Italy the share is even higher at more than 50%. Gender inequality is also a problem: the report shows that nearly a third more women than men are enrolling in higher education in the EU.
New website for Commissioner Malmström
Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs, is getting a newly designed website this week. Her site, http://ec.europa.eu/malmstrom , has easier-to-find information about the Commissioner's political portfolio and priorities, as well as integration with the Commissioner's blog and Twitter feed. It also contains her press material, op-eds, speeches and high-resolution pictures for download. The website is still under development and more functions and language support will be added in the coming weeks. Feedback and suggestions are welcome; send an email to CECILIA-MALMSTROM-CONTACT@ec.europa.eu or get in touch through Twitter: @MalmstromEU .
Commissioner Hahn attends annual Conference of Presidents of the EU's Outermost Regions in the Azores
The European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, will tomorrow (12 September 2012) attend the 18th Conference of Presidents of the EU's Outermost Regions, hosted by Carlos Cesar, President of the Regional Government of Azores. Coming just over two months after the 2nd Forum on Outermost Europe in Brussels, and the European Commission's June Communication on the Outermost Regions entitled "The outermost regions of the European Union: towards a partnership for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth", the conference will focus on follow-up steps to get these regions on the path to growth.
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