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Press Release - Discussing economic growth through education
03.10.2012, 15:20 (CET)
The education and training policies of the European Union and their relationship they may have on economic growth will be the focus of discussions of the EU’s Education Ministers during their Informal Meeting organised on October 4 and 5 at the ‘Filoxenia’ Conference Centre in Lefkosia (Nicosia).

The meeting, organised by the Ministry Education and Culture of Cyprus, will be chaired by the Minister Mr. George Demosthenous and attended by the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Mrs Androulla Vassiliou. It will focus on the role of education in the implementation of the “Europe 2020” strategy and the problem of illiteracy.

Role of education in the ‘Europe 2020’ Strategy

It has been identified that in order to remain globally competitive, the EU needs more people with the right skills who can actively contribute to the advancement of the economy and society.

The ‘Europe 2020’ Strategy underlines the important role of education and training to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe by setting ambitious targets for Member States to be achieved jointly by 2020. This role is particularly important for the achievement of economic growth, improving standards and conditions of employment, and social cohesion.

'Literacy for All'

According to the recent report by the EU's High Level Group of experts on Literacy, one in five Europeans do not have the required level of basic skills in reading and writing, have acquired too much theoretical and not enough practical knowledge, are leaving school early or prevented from getting a higher education degree.

The report was presented and discussed during the recent two-day conference ‘Literacy for All’, which was organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and the European Commission in the framework of the Cyprus EU Presidency on 5 and 6 September. It also showed that  one in five fifteen year-olds and many adults in Europe cannot read and write properly, making it difficult for them to find a job and leaving them vulnerable towards social exclusion.

In this context, the Cyprus Presidency has prepared a document which will form the basis for discussion and sharing of ideas on the part of ministers that will attend the Informal Ministerial Meeting. This document calls ministers to discuss new ways to overcome the ongoing crisis-related education gaps and increasing youth unemployment, using the European mechanisms to the maximum possible extent, namely the Europe 2020 strategy and the strategic cooperation framework. "Education and Training 2020". Equally important will be the exchange of good practices between Member States with regard to the efficient investment in education.

During the meeting, the Cypriot Nobel laureate economist Dr. Christopher Pissarides and the member of the High Level Group on Literacy Dr. George Tsiakalos, will present their experiences and views on the two key issues on the official programme.

Presidency Spokesperson in Cyprus
Costas Yennaris



Email: cyennaris@cy2012eu.gov.cy
Mobile: +357 99400234
EU Affairs Unit Coordinator
Niki Papadopoulou-Papa

Ministry of Education & Culture

Email: npapa@moec.gov.cy
Telephone: +357 22800697
Communications Officer
Costas Ierides

Ministry of Education & Culture

Email: cierides@moec.gov.cy
Telephone: +357 22800954

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