Cyprus Presidency priorities in education presented to the CULT Committee
Mr George Demosthenous, Minister of Education and Culture in Cyprus, presented on 10 July to the CULT Committee in the European Parliament the Presidency priorities in the field of education and training. He showed high concern about strengthening the contribution of education and training to the EU2020 Strategy. The increased budget allocated for the new funding programme was also defended by the Minister, who is confident about the negotiations on “Erasmus for all”. Tackling literacy, fostering participation of young people in education and society (especially with an immigrant background) valuing non-formal and informal education through an increased recognition (see EUCIS-LLL Mag on validation), support sport for children and older people are among the highest priorities of the Presidency with a will to focus on the social aspects of education and training. See the Presidency programme and the minutes of the CULT Committee in our members’ area (section “working groups”).