Investing in Europe’s youth: Commission launches “ErasmusPro” scheme for long-term mobility of apprentices


On 7 December, the European Commission announced its new Youth Initiative. Among other things, the Commission will launch “ErasmusPro”, a new dedicated activity within the Erasmus+ programme to support long-duration placements of apprentices abroad. Under this initiative, 50,000 mobile apprenticeship placements of long duration (6–12 months) will become available. The Commission will also propose a Quality Framework […]

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New Skills Agenda for Europe launched today


The European Commission has adopted today a new Skills Agenda for Europe. The agenda aims to ensure that people develop a broad set of skills from early on in life for the jobs of today and tomorrow. This task is essential to boost employability, competitiveness and growth across the EU. Today’s New Skills Agenda for Europe calls on EU countries and […]

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Ventspils (Latvia) submits its candidature for Xarxa FP membership

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Last 21st of January a representative of Xarxa FP Secretariat visited the city of Ventspils in Latvia to prepare its candidature to become a member of the network. Ventspils, situated in the north-western part of Latvia, is the sixth largest city in the country and has the deepest ice-free port in the Baltic Sea. During […]

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Dutch EU Presidency priorities and events in Education and Training


The Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2016. It wants a Union that focuses on the essentials, creates growth and jobs through innovation, and connects with civil society. Even though there is little European legislation governing education and youth, as member states mainly […]

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EU Education Policy – A short guide


OBESSU, the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions, has just published “EU Education Policy – A short guide” to understand EU Education policies. The booklet aims at helping young people and school students to understand the European Union structure and decision-making, as well as identifying what are the spaces where they can influence and […]

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Education and Training Monitor: More investment needed to spread benefits of education across society


The Education and Training Monitor 2015 shows progress in education attainment across Europe but reveals investment is needed to make education more inclusive and boost social mobility. The 2015 edition of the EU’s Education and Training Monitor shows more Member States have now reached their goals in increasing the number of students completing higher levels […]

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