9.2 M€ for EU / North America and Asia-Pacific academic cooperation

The European Commission is consolidating the longstanding cooperation with the US and Canada with the launch of a new round of 24 innovative projects involving universities and training institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. The objective is to promote mutual understanding, transparency and quality in higher education and training, by setting up long-term institutional cooperation at bachelor's and master's level, allowing students from Europe and from the partner countries to have a unique experience studying abroad in a global context.

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The Bordeaux Communiqué, one step further towards European area for vocational education and training

The Ministers of vocational education and training (VET) of the EU Member States, the EFTA/EEA and candidate countries, the European Commission and the European Social Partners adopted on November 26th, 2008 ,the Bordeaux Communiqué to strengthen cooperation in vocational education and training.

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EU funding for researchers exchange schemes between the EU MS or AC and third countries

The European Commission has launched a Call for Proposals under the 2009 work programme “People” of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Community for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (2007 to 2013), whose main objective is to support training and career development of researchers though Marie Curies Scheme, for EU Member States or Associated Countries.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina's scientific entities will from now on be eligible for FP7 Calls

Bosnia and Herzegovina signed on November 24th, 2008 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Commission which will allow full access to the EC's 7th Research Framework Programme. This "associated status" will allow Bosnia and Herzegovina to participate in all calls for proposals and compete on an equal footing with the EU Member States and the other associated countries for research co-operation and support actions funded under FP7, as of January, 1st, 2009.

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Political agreement reached on School Fruit Scheme

The European Commission welcomed the political agreement reached in the Agriculture Council, held on November 18th and 19th, on its proposal for a European Union-wide scheme to provide fruit and vegetables to school children. European funds worth €90 million every year will pay for the purchase and distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables to schools. This money will be matched by national and private funds in those Member States which chose to make use of the programme.

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EU funding for Associations acting in the field of education and trainning

The European Commission will fund with 600,000 €, European associations which are active at EU level in the field of education and training. This funding opportunity is based in a Call for Proposals under the Jean Monnet Lifelong sub-programme, which has been published in the OJEU on October 31st.

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EP and the Council repeal the Decision on the comparability of vocational training qualifications between MS

The Official Journal of the European Union published on October 22nd, 2008, Decision 1065/2008/EC, adopted jointly by the European Parliament and the Council, repealing Council Decision 85/368/EEC on the comparability of vocational training qualifications between the Member States of the European Community.

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“Milk – Drink it up”, the new EU School Milk Campaign

European Commissioner for Agriculture, Mariann Fischer Boel, launched on October 17th, an EU-wide campaign to promote the relaunched School Milk Programme. Under the slogan “Milk – Drink it up”, the information campaign aims to raise awareness of the benefits of milk consumption and the availability of EU funds to schools.

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ERC presents the starting grant winners

The European Research Council (ERC) presented a selection of its first starting grant winners at a meeting of its Council, held in Paris on October 7th. This presentaion reflected on its successes and challenges over the past three years. The ERC's achievements, especially in fostering pan-European competitiveness, have been significant.

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31 M€ to support researchers re-integration

The European Commission on October 9th, 2008, a Call for Proposals to support the re-integration of EU researchers within the Marie Curie Actions. This Call is launched under the 2009 Work Programme ‘People’ of the 7th EC Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities. This Call is funded with 31 M€.

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More than 960 M€ to support Lifelong Learning

The European Commission has published in the Official Journal of the European Union on October 8tyh, 2008, a Call for Proposals for year 2009 within the Programme in the field of Lifelong Learning 2007-2013. This Call, which represents a financial support of 961 M€, embodies the sub programmes Erasmus, Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig, Jean Monnet Programme and Transversal Programme.

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