EC sets up group of experts on financial education

On the 9th May 2008, the European Commission published its decision to set up a group of experts on financial education. The Commission issued a communication on Financial Education, which among other initiatives announced the setting-up of a group of experts with practical experience in financial education matters. The Commission highlighted that financial knowledge is very important within education.

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Launch the fourth phase of the Tempus programme and Calls for Proposal

In a recent impact study, practically everyone interviewed considered the programme as one of the most, if not the most, important instruments for supporting the reform of higher education in their country. With such overwhelming positive responses, the Commission considers the continuation of the programme important and has therefore launched the fourth phase spanning the period 2007-2013. The fourth phase of the Tempus programme was launched in January may receive up to 52.5 million euros of EU funding.

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Culture 2000 programme 2008 implemantation report

The European Commission has published the report on the implementation of the Culture 2000 programme last 29 april 2008 in the document COM(2008) 231 final.

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New tool to translate EU qualifications

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) have done the formal adoption on 23 April 2008 of the European Qualifications Framework. The way is clear now for Member States to adopt this voluntary scheme that will promote lifelong learning and mobility by making it easier to understand and compare individuals' qualifications around Europe.

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More women scientists needed in Europe

The EP Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality adopted on Monday 14th April 2008, a report on the under-representation of women in the world of science. The report calls for mainstreaming of the male-female dimension in research programmes, support for scientific careers for women and a gender balance on decision-making bodies.

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European Commission hosts Public Hearing on Multilingualis

On the 15th April 2008,the European Commission (EC) is hosting a public hearing on the place and role of languages within the EU. The event, held in the Borschette Conference Centre, rounds up a wide-ranging public consultation on multilingualism which was launched at the end of last year.

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Published the Regulation for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology

The OJ has published on 9th April the REGULATION (EC) No 294/2008 of the EP and Council related to the establishment of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) with a initial budget for the period from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2013 of EUR 308,7 million. Regulation will enter  enter into force on the 29th april 2008.

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Education and Training 2010: Delivering lifelong learning for knowledge, creativity and innovation

Education and training are crucial elements to economic and social change in Europe, the flexibility and security needed to achieve more and better jobs depend on ensuring that all citizens acquire key competences and update their skills throughout their lives.

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185 Meuros for a resarch call under People Specific Programme.

The European Commision has published on 4th April 2008 a new call for proposal in the Framework Programme under the 'People' Specific Programme addressed to researchers at all stages of their careers, in both public and private sectors. Researchers are of at least postgraduate or equivalent level and are classified on the basis of professional experience with a budget of 185 Meuros.

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2009: The European Year of Creativity and Innovation

The European Parliment and Council of the European Union proposed, on the 28 March 2008 a “European Year of Creativity and Innovation” in 2009. The aim of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation shall be to support the efforts of the Member States to promote creativity, through lifelong learning, as a driver for innovation and as a key factor for the development of personal, occupational, entrepreneurial and social competences and the well-being of all individuals in society.

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