€227 millions in Marie Curie research grants to experienced researchers

The European Commission published three calls for proposals that inviting bids for the final tranche of Marie Curie fellowship grants, and to support the mobility of researchers within and beyond Europe - as well as helping to attract the best foreign researchers to work in the EU. The application process runs until 14 August 2013.

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Commission created a Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs to address up to 900,000 job vacancies expected to exist in ICT

The European Commission launched a Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs to address up to 900 000 job vacancies expected to exist in Europe in Information and Communication technologies (ICT) by 2015. For this reason, the Commission called on Europe's digital businesses, governments, training and education sectors to join the Coalition.

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eTwinning, the virtual classroom network for schools, will be extended to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

The European Commission reported that the 'eTwinning' network, the virtual classroom network for schools, that has encouraged 100,000 schools in 33 European countries to talk to each other via the internet, will be extended from today to schools in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

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The Youth Guarantee proposal moves forward following Council agreement

The European Commission welcomed the political agreement reached on the proposed Youth Guarantee Recommendation at the EU's Council of Employment and Social Affairs Ministers on 28th February. The Youth Guarantee implies that member states should put in place measures to ensure that young people up to age 25 receive a good quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving school or becoming unemployed.

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The Council invited member states to restructure their education systems

EU Education Ministers met on 15 February to discuss relevant issues concerning education in the context of the 2013 Annual Growth Survey. In response to the recent Commission communication "Rethinking Education", the Council invited member states to restructure their education systems, for instance creating closer links to labour market. The Council also stressed that there are areas of divergence with the European Parliament's position regarding the proposal for a regulation establishing "Erasmus for all".

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Commission presented to EU SME envoys its projects on educating the educators about entrepreneurship

European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, presented recent Commission projects on educating the educators at the fourth meeting of EU SME envoys. The Commission underlined that entrepreneurship education needs to be boosted.

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A new international university ranking launched under the Irish EU Presidency

The new 'multi-dimensional' listing will rate universities according to a broader range of factors, in five separate areas: reputation for research, quality of teaching and learning, international orientation, success in knowledge transfer (such as partnerships with business and start-ups), and contribution to regional growth.

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New public consultation launched on schemes for Milk and Fruit distribution in schools

The European Commission launched a public consultation on the review of two programmes, the European School Milk Scheme and School Fruit Scheme, respectively providing dairy products and fruits and vegetables to children in schools. The consultation will run until 22 April 2013.

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Commission launched a call to action to close digital skills and jobs gap in the EU

The European Commission launched a call to action to companies, governments, educators, social partners, employment service providers and civil society to "turn the tide". Young Europeans should have the tools to enter digital careers or to create jobs as entrepreneurs. In particular, the Commission will collect pledges on new jobs, internships, training places, start-up funding, free online university courses and more.

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The EU is leading action to boost literacy in the world's developing countries

The European Commission reported that since 2007, €4 billion has been invested on education and literacy in 48 partner countries, enabling more than 9 million pupils to enrol in school and more than 720,000 primary teachers to receive training.

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Young people with health problems or disabilities are being missed by both employment policy and practice

Eurofound published a new report on active inclusion of young people with health problems or disabilities. The report underlines that there are good practices across the European Union that include flexible benefits, promotion of better school-to-work transitions and taking a pathways-to-employment approach. However, the report also points out that until now public policies have not given enough support to implementation of this positive and pro-active approach.

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The EURAXESS Links project seeks to maintain the link between Europe and European researchers working abroad

EURAXESS Links' main objective is to maintain the link between Europe and European researchers, scientists and scholars working abroad. According to the European Commission, they are an important resource for European research and for stimulating scientific cooperation between Europe and their host countries.

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