Budapest wins race for EIT seat

The headquarters of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) will be hosted by Budapest. A decision taken by the science ministers of all EU Member States on 18 June selected the Hungarian capital over four other bids. The Hungarian government welcomed the agreement and said it was a great success for the country.

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European Awards for Lifelong Learning recognise outstanding mobility projects

The 2008 European Awards for Lifelong Learning were given on the 13th June 2008 to fifteen outstanding projects in the field of education and training funded by the European Union; the focus this year was on "quality in mobility". The prizes were handed over by the European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Ján Figel', and the Slovenian Minister of Education and Sport, Milan Zver, at a conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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Studying in Europe just got easier

With the website Study in Europe, foreign students from all over the European Union are able to organise and plan study periods, courses and programmes in other countries with greater ease. The site contains full listings of courses and programmes availalbe for undergraduate and post graduate study, an application guide and also offers practical advice for living in Europe.

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The EC welcomes political agreement on Working Time and Working conditions for Temporary Agency Workers

The Commission strongly welcomes the agreement that Member States reached in the early hours of this morning (10 June) on the longstanding issues of the Working Time Directive and the Temporary Agency Work Directive at the Employment and Social Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

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EU finance work placements for young entrepreneurs with 2.85 million euros

The European Commission has published a new Calls for Proposals for the new pilot project "Erasmus for Young  entrepreneurs" with an allotted 2.85 million euros. The objective of the call is to facilitate exchange of experiences, learning and networking for nascent EU entrepreneurs through periods spent at companies of experienced entrepreneurs in
other EU Member States. The specific objective of the pilot action is to contribute to enhancing entrepreneurship, internationalisation and competitiveness of potential start-up entrepreneurs in the EU and newly established micro and small enterprises.

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New call for Proposals from the Culture Programme 2007 - 2013

The European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) on the 7th June 2008, a new call for porposals related to the application of acctions from the wider Culture Programme (2007- 2013). The call for Proposals has a total budget of  45,3 millon euros for 2009.

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lifelong learning looks to foster multilingualism

On the 6th June 2008 the European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) the Council's conclusions of 22 May 2008 on multilingualism in the European Union.

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Professional qualifications: Commission acts to ensure eight Member States implement EU laws

This Directive is the result of the reform of the system of recognition of professional qualifications undertaken by the Commission in order to promote flexibility on the labour markets, further liberalise the provision of services, make the recognition of qualifications more automatic and simplify administrative procedures.

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Lifelong learning strategies calls for greater literacy in media and technologies

As part of various notices from  the European Union and Union Institutions and Bodies, published on the 6th June 2008,  the European Council published its conclusions on a European approach to media literacy in the digital environment.  Considering that the new Audiovisual Media Services Directive calls for the development of media literacy in all sections of society the European Parliament has asked the Council and the Commission to develop and to implement media literacy programmes to promote active and aware citizenship in Europe.

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2,000 new Master's students to receive Erasmus Mundus scholarships

More than 2,000 students and 450 teaching staff from outside Europe have been selected to receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the academic year 2008/09. These scholarships will allow them to study in Europe for one or two years and obtain a Master's degree from one of the 103 top-quality Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses offered by consortia of European higher education institutions.

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Commission takes the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice

On the 5th of June 2008, the European Commission lodged proceedings against the United Kingdom for failure to comply with European employment legislation relating to road transport activities. The commission is also taking measures to act against the United Kingdom concerning the failure to adopt as agreed national legislation on the mutual recognition of seafarers' certificates issued by the Member States.

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Stakeholders discuss how to put the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) into practice

The European Qualifications Framework was recently adopted formally by the European Parliament and the Council as a Recommendation. Now, stakeholders from across the EU are set to discuss how to best implement this new scheme, which aims to enhance mobility by facilitating the transparency of qualifications across the EU. The first EQF implementation conference will gather some 230 representatives of national authorities, social partners, industry sectors and stakeholders' organisations in Brussels on 3-4 June 2008.

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