The European Commission presented a plan to nearly double the EU grants for study and training abroad

The European Commission has foreseen to increase from 400,000 recipients per year now to almost 800,000 in future, the number of young people, teachers and researchers who get EU grants for study and training abroad. In addition, among their plans as part of the Commission's proposal, a new programme for education, training and youth would allocate €15.2 billion (+73%) over seven years. The Commission will present detailed proposals for the new programmes in the autumn.

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The EU wants to improve citizens reading literacy

A new study published by the European Commission reveals that while most European countries have made progress in developing literacy policies, they often lack focus on the groups most at risk, such as boys, children from disadvantaged households and migrant children. By 2020, the EU has set a target to reduce the share of poor readers from 20% to less than 15%. Only Belgium (Flemish Community), Denmark, Estonia, Finland and Poland have already achieved this target so far.

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The civil society must have a leading role in the implementation of the Cotonou Agreement

The renewal of European Union's development policy, Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) negotiations and the participation of non-state actors in their implementation, support to farmers as a key aspect of food security strategies, and participatory democracy were the main topics discussed at the 26th meeting of ACP-EU economic and social interest groups.

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European Defence Agency seeks to launch new Effective Procurement Methods

European Defence Agency (EDA), based on a new task granted to this agency from the Lisbon Treaty, seeks to find Effective Procurement Methods which focuses on the development of innovative ways to consolidate the demand side of the European Defence Equipment Market. The main focus for the EDA in this initiative is the consolidation of demand for European defence equipment, and indeed the identification of current common demand.

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Workers right to annual leave is inviolable even in cases of long-term illness

According to the conclusions of the Advocate General, Verica Trstenjak, following to the case-law of the Court of Justice, the workers right to annual leave is inviolable even in cases of long-term illness. In addition, a limit of 18 months, on expiry of which entitlement to leave or to the allowance in lieu of leave is extinguished, is sufficient.

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Launched the latest phase of a new EU-funded project aiming to get electric vehicles

GREEN EMOTION is an initiative which has as main goal to get electric vehicles onto the roads in all over Europe. This is a pan-European research effort that it is funded in part with €24 million from the European Commission.

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