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Key international conference on education and training with renowned experts

Mardi 8 avril 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 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
 Grants supporting networking of educational establishments and organisations involved in multilateral Projects

From 8 to 10 April 2008, an international conference entitled ‘Promoting Innovation and Creativity – Schools’ Response to the Challenges of Future Societies’ will be held at Brdo pri Kranju

With this conference, the Slovenian EU Council Presidency aims to speed up the changes in schools and kindergartens necessary to promote creative and innovative potential from the very beginning of the learning process. The objective of the conference, which will be chaired by Mirko Zorman (President of the Education Committee), is to exchange views on the role of school and education in promoting creativity and innovation, as well as on the conditions to be met in order to trigger the necessary changes.

The Slovenian Minister for Sports and Education, Milan Zver, will open the conference, and the keynote speakers will be the renowned expert Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, Esko Aho, President of Sitra – the Finnish Innovation Fund – and former Finnish Prime Minister, and David Istance, representing the OECD. The conference will be attended by many other distinguished experts, who will examine in detail the role of education in promoting creativity and innovativeness and the need for schools to be modernised to enable them to face new challenges, while also taking issues of justice and efficiency into consideration.

A major part of the conference will be dedicated to team work, with participants taking part in the following workshops:

- Partnership and networking for creativity and innovativeness;
- Empowerment of schools as a prerequisite for creativity and innovativeness;
- Competences, skills and knowledge for creativity and innovativeness;
- ’Open space’.

Slovenian Presidency of the EU

EU Transport Ministers adopt conclusions on the Single European Sky and grant a mandate to the Commission to open negotiations with Israel

Mardi 8 avril 2008

EU transport ministers today adopted conclusions on the implementation of the Single European Sky regulations, based on the report of the Commission. This report and today’s conclusions provide a legal basis for the preparation of further legislation in this field.

The conclusions call upon Member States to actively participate in the implementation of the Single European Sky, but the importance of expanding the single European sky over EU borders is also stressed.

The European Union wishes to strengthen external relations with neighbouring countries in the field of aviation in order to achieve unification of conditions to perform air transport activities outside its borders.The aim of negotiations is to increase the number of flights between the EU and Israel and thereby increase trade and tourist flows. An important share of the benefits will be taken by the European airlines and also by the European economy as a whole. The obvious political and economic added value of the air transport agreement with Israel could – in the long term – encourage other countries in the region and help strengthen regional co-operation in the Middle East as well.