A new European initiative will focus on promoting practical training for youth in participating Member states

On the invitation of German Federal Education Minister, the European Commission and eight Member states have signed a memorandum of cooperation to promote joint actions in the field of vocational education and training in Europe. Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain
are the first countries to sign this European initiative which other Member States will soon join.
 

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New website with information on EU Skills Panorama to tackle skills mismatches

The European Commission presented the EU Skills Panorama website that offers quantitative and qualitative information on short- and medium-term skills needs, skills supply and skills mismatches in the EU. The Panorama will highlight the fastest growing occupations as well as the top 'bottleneck' occupations with high numbers of unfilled vacancies.

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Around 77 million European citizens aged between 25 and 64 have no or low formal qualifications

According to a report published by the European Commission, unemployment is closely related to low skills, and nearly one third of Europe's population have no - or low - formal qualifications. The report suggests to apply mutual experience and policy learning as important tools in the fight against precarity and unemployment.

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European Parliament's education and culture committee takes steps towards adoption of the Erasmus Programme 2014-2020

MEPs meeting within the culture and education committee of the European Parliament adopted on November 27th the new YES EUROPE Programme for youth, education and sports. The new program will benefit over five million students and will be funded with €18 billion for the period between 2014 and 2020.

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Rethinking Education strategy to encourage member states to take immediate action for the young people

The European Commission presented a new strategy with the aim 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.

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The European schools are still paying insufficient attention to the IT, entrepreneurial and citizenship skills

A report published by the European Commission confirms that, in general, European schools are still paying insufficient attention to these transversal skills compared with basic skills in literacy, mathematics and science.

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More than 100 European personalities signed a letter supporting the Erasmus Programme

EU Heads of State and Government received a letter backing the Erasmus Programme and signed by more than 100 European personalities from the worlds of education, art, literature, economics, philosophy and sport. The letter calls for investment in education and training to be at the heart of Europe's response to the crisis, and was signed by personalities such as the Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar, the president of FC Barcelona Sandro Rosell or the Nobel Prize winner Professor Christopher Pissarides.

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