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EU Funding: European Awards for Lifelong Learning recognise outstanding mobility projects

Vendredi 13 juin 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Mobility grants: participants in formal and non-formal training and educational staff specialising adult education
 Grants for transnational mobility projects intended for persons following a professionnal training and for trainers
 Individual mobility grants for students and teachers
 Mobility grants: Initial and in-service training for educational staff, pupils’ exchanges
 Grants aimed at supporting cooperation activities in the fields of lifelong education and training and at promoting bodies active at European level in education and training

The 2008 European Awards for Lifelong Learning were given today 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.

15 winning projects from 13 Member States have demonstrated how mobility can broaden horizons, enhance skills and create opportunities. These European success stories have been awarded with gold, silver and bronze prizes for mobility actions in one of five categories: Comenius for school education, Leonardo da Vinci for vocational education and training, Erasmus for higher education, Grundtvig for adult education, and ‘Languages’. This year particular attention was given to mobility actions for teaching staff and trainers.

The five gold-winning projects include: a partnership between a Latvian and a Czech school, in which pupils translated songs into their partner’s language and rehearsed together; the Intensive study programmes of the Portuguese Instituto Politécnico de Tomar and its partner universities; a staff exchange scheme between a Danish fire services provider and its UK counterpart; Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination Training coordinated by the Centre Européen Juif d’Information in Brussels and Lingu@net Europa Plus, a London-based project that guides learners in a choice of over 3,700 online learning resources.

The awards have been handed over at a conference on “Quality in Mobility”, hosted by the Slovenian Presidency of the EU, in Ljubljana today. The conference is organised by the National Agency for the Lifelong Learning Programme in Slovenia – CMEPIUS – in close cooperation with the Ministry for Education and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia and with the support of the European Commission. The conference opens the floor for discussions on future steps to make mobility more accessible and increase the impact of staff mobility as a drive for change.

Mobility will remain at the very centre of the Lifelong Learning Programme, the EU’s flagship funding programme in the field of education and training. New actions are already planned for the coming years:

- “Comenius Regio” is a new action for partnerships between local and regional school authorities, to be launched in 2009
- From 2010, “Comenius Individual Pupil Mobility” will enable secondary pupils to spend from 3 months up to one school year at a Comenius partner school abroad
- In addition, new types of mobility will also be available under the Grundtvig programme for adult education.

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EU funding: Parental responsability and children protection: new common rules?

Vendredi 6 juin 2008

L’Union encourage l’adoption de règles internationales communes dans le domaine de la responsabilité parentale et de la protection des enfants.

Les Ministres de la Justice européens facilitent l’application, par les Etats membres, de la convention de la Haye du 19 octobre 1996 concernant la compétence, la loi applicable, la reconnaissance, l’exécution et la coopération en matière de responsabilité parentale et de mesures de protection des enfants.

Cette convention, qui notamment prévoit des règles de compétence des autorités administratives et judiciaires nationales pour prendre des mesures tendant à la protection de l’enfant, et fixe des règles de détermination de la loi applicable, contribue grandement à faciliter le traitement des situations des mineurs à caractère international.

Elle partage tant les objectifs des instruments communautaires actuels ou en cours d’élaboration, que les principes sur lesquels ces instruments se fondent, et les modes de coopération inter-étatique qu’ils prévoient.

Ainsi, les principes de cette convention relatifs à la détermination des autorités compétentes pour connaître de la situation d’un mineur, soit principalement celles de l’Etat de la résidence habituelle de l’enfant, sont parfaitement compatibles avec ceux retenus dans le règlement n°2201/2003 du Conseil, dit “Règlement Bruxelles II bis”, applicable entre tous les Etats membres depuis le 1er mars 2005, à l’exception du Danemark, qui n’est pas lié par la présente décision.

De même s’agissant des situations de déplacements illicites de mineurs, de circulation et de reconnaissance mutuelle des décisions judiciaires, ou de coopération entre les autorités centrales chargées dans chaque Etat de promouvoir la coopération.

L’articulation dans l’application combinée des deux textes a été expressément prévue, la primauté restant au texte communautaire.

La Communauté, qui ne peut adhérer elle-même à la convention de 1996, entend ainsi inciter vivement les Etats membres à l’application des règles retenues par cette convention, non seulement entre eux, mais également dans leurs relations avec les pays non membres de l’Union. La décision prise par les Ministres devrait ainsi permettre l’application au-delà des frontières de l’Union de règles partagées en matière de protection des enfants, et renforcer au niveau international l’affirmation de principes communs dans le domaine de la responsabilité parentale, dans l’intérêt supérieur de l’enfant.

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Commission strongly supports setting up of “EU Coalition of Stakeholders against commercial sexual exploitation of children on the Internet”

Mardi 6 mai 2008

Vice-President Barrot, Commissioner responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security, has expressed his strong support for the advanced plans to set up an EU Coalition of Stakeholders against commercial sexual exploitation of children on the Internet, presented by Missing Children Europe and other stakeholders at a press conference today

In 2007, there was a 16.4% increase in child abuse images reports processed by the Internet Watch Foundation hotline compared to the same period in 2006.

The coalition will bring together all stakeholder groups engaged in the fight against the commercial distribution of images of child sexual abuse on the Internet, in particular law enforcement authorities, non-governmental organisations, banks, credit card and on-line payment companies, internet service providers and other internet based private operators.

In this area, the Commission is contributing to setting up a mechanism to stop payments made with a credit card or an electronic payment when purchasing images of sexual abuses of children on the Internet. Several preparatory meetings with the main stakeholders have taken place and a draft document moots the possibility of a platform for all the partners (banks, credit card and on-line payment companies, Internet access providers and national authorities).

Conclusions from the European Youth Event, Slovenia

Lundi 5 mai 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for actions promoting intercultural dialogue and a citizenship citizenship respectful of cultural diversity
 Grants for cooperation and exchanges in the field of youth and informal education and training.
 Grants for the promotion of voluntary youth work across Europe

Between 18 and 21 April 2008, around 150 young people from European Union and EFTA Member States, EU candidate countries and the Western Balkan Countries participated at the Youth event “Promoting the Participation of Young People with Fewer Opportunities in Society” which took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia

A list of specific conclusions was drawn up in the conference’s five workshops, which dealt with: mobility, employment, non-formal education and competence building, integration in society and political participation of young people with fewer opportunities and, finally, the role of young people in intercultural dialogue. The participants formulated a declaration that was presented to the EU’s Youth Ministers and the Directors-General at the end of the conference. The discussion over the declaration will be wrapped up during the forthcoming meeting of Youth Ministers in May 2008.

Hungary scoops first Charlemagne Youth Prize

Mercredi 30 avril 2008

Hungary’s Ferenc Rákóczi II Foundation has won the first ever Charlemagne Youth Prize for its “Students without Boundaries” project.

It was one of three prizes awarded on 29 April to projects which were judged to have fostered a shared sense of European identity and cultural exchange. Second place went to the projects in the UK and Greece. Parliament’s President Hans-Gert Pöttering and André Leysen, Chair of the Charlemagne Prize Foundation, presented the prizes.
“The Students without Boundaries” event takes place every year in Hungary and brings together over 130 students from Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine and Serbia. During their time there they discuss education in Europe as well as cultural issues. The prize ceremony took place at the University of Aachen in Germany and all three winners will be invited to the European Parliament in June.

About 400 projects entered the competition which is organised by the Parliament and the Charlemagne Foundation. The winners receive €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000, respectively.

The three best projects were selected in two steps: firstly by national juries and one representative of a youth organization, then by a European jury consisting of three MEPs, the President of the EP and four representatives of the Foundation.

On 1 May, the International Charlemagne Prize will also be awarded in Aachen. This year’s recipient is the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Charlemagne Prize, one of the most prestigious European prizes, is awarded for outstanding contributions to the cause of European unification.

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The European Union Solidarity Fund

Mardi 15 avril 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants from the European Union Solidarity fund to deal with the damage caused by a major disaster

Information note of the European Court of Auditors concerning Special Report No 3/2008 on “The European Union Solidarity Fund: how rapid, efficient and flexible is it?”

The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) was set up in 2002 in response to the serious floods in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and France. The Fund was intended to demonstrate solidarity with member states suffering as a result of natural disasters. Up to the end of 2006 it had provided aid of over one billion euros in respect of 23 disasters.

The Council wanted the EUSF to be rapid, efficient and flexible in providing assistance. The audit of the EUSF examined whether the Fund had achieved these aims and whether recipient states were satisfied with the Fund.

The Court found that the Fund did not provide a rapid response. The time taken between the application and the payment was usually about one year.

The Court found that the direct costs associated with managing the Fund by the Commission were low and so the Fund was considered to be working efficiently.

As regards flexibility, the Court found no cases where the Fund showed a lack of flexibility in its treatment of applications for aid.

Despite the protracted process involved in obtaining aid from the Fund, states that received money were satisfied or very satisified with the Fund. The Fund has therefore, in respect of the states that received aid, met its underlying objective of demonstrating solidaritywith member states in times of disaster.

The Court has recommended that the Commission provide detailed guidance to applicants and advice on how to achieve the prompt submission of applications.

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  More information:
  Special Report No 3/2008

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Lifelong learning as a key factor in a knowledge-based society

Mercredi 12 mars 2008

Lifelong learning is an increasingly topical issue. It is one of the European Union’s priority guidelines and, as a foundation for establishing a knowledge-based society, also an integral part of the Lisbon strategy and the Bologna process. The conference entitled “Universities and Lifelong Learning” organised by the Slovenian Presidency featured presentations by some leading experts on lifelong learning. The conference was also attended by representatives of the EU Member States, the Western Balkans countries, higher education institutions, ministries, various international associations and networks, and student organisations.

The two-day conference was opened on 10 March 2008 with a welcome address from Mojca Kucler Dolinar, the Slovenian Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology.The core message of the conference was that these knowledge and skills should be given the kind of public recognition which would further stimulate individuals to continue their education.

Participants at the conference also pointed out that demographic changes and the increased retirement age had changed the outmoded thinking that a person’s learning career was over once they had completed their formal higher education. They agreed that higher education institutions should offer education and training programmes not only to the conventional student population but also to all the population groups and to the economic sector. These programmes should be officially recognised in the same way that formal education currently is.

The emphases and conclusions of the conference will be used in future as material for the EU Commission in drawing up documents and will also serve as a basis for debates during the French Presidency. They will also be discussed within the Bologna Process monitoring group.