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Education, Youth, Culture & Sport (EYCS)

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First World War: Europe looks into its past through Europeana

Europe commemorates this year the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War (1914-1918) – a watershed in the continent’s history that ushered it into what Eric Hobsbawm has termed “the short twentieth century”. This was a war that tore Europe apart, as no European nation was left untouched.  But it was the ordinary men and women who were affected the most.

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Cultural heritage and Sports institutions discussed at EYCS Council in Brussels

Important decisions on cultural heritage and sports institutions were taken at a Council of Culture and Sports Ministers of the European Union, chaired by Greek Minister of Culture and Sports, Panos Panagiotopoulos, in Brussels, on 21 May 2014.

The enhancement of cultural heritage as a valuable tool for promoting economic growth in European countries and strengthening social cohesion, was one of the main issues of the Council of Culture Ministers.

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EYCS Council in Brussels (20-21.05.2014) – Day 2

The second day of the Ministerial Council on Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) (Culture & Sport), chaired by Minister of Culture and Sports, Panos Panagiotopoulos, is taking place today (21.05.2014), in Brussels. 

Culture Ministers are expected to adopt for the first time Conclusions related to cultural heritage as a strategic resource towards a sustainable Europe. The Conclusions underline the crucial role of cultural heritage to economic development and social cohesion, especially in a period of economic crisis which affects all Europe.

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EYCS (Education & Youth) Council focuses on high quality education and youth entrepreneurship

The Ministerial Council on Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) (Education & Youth), chaired by Athanasios Kyriazis, Greek Secretary General  for Education and Religious Affairs, met in Brussels today, 20 May 2014.

In the Education session, the Council adopted the following conclusions:

• on effective teacher education,
• on multilingualism and the development of language competencies,
• on quality assurance supporting education and training.

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EYCS Council in Brussels (20-21.05.2014) – Day 1

Α two-day Ministerial Council on Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) is taking place in Brussels on 20-21 May.

On the first day, the meeting, which will be chaired by the Greek Secretary-General for Education and Religious Affairs, Athanasios Kyriazis, will start at 10:00 (CET) with the Education session. During a working lunch, ministers will discuss the role of education and training in the forthcoming review of the Europe 2020 strategy.

The afternoon session is expected to start at 15:00 (CET) and will be devoted to youth-related issues.

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Greek Presidency signs Marrakesh Treaty on behalf of the EU

EU signed, on 30 April 2014, the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled persons.
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Cultural and Creative Industries: a comparative advantage for Europe and Greece

The so-called cultural and creative industries make one of the most dynamic sectors in Europe in the last few years. This sector has indeed proved to be particularly resilient to the current debt crisis and the recession, since after 2010 it has registered an annual growth rate of 10% and is expected to enjoy similar high levels of growth in the coming years.

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Protection of minors in the digital age

In an era of rapid technological change digital media convergence, a major question is whether the existing legislation is sufficient to deal with challenges related to the protection of minors.

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A step towards adoption of Treaty to ensure equal access to books for visually impaired and print disabled persons

The Coreper I, at a meeting on 19.03.2014, approved a compromise proposal by the Greek Presidency on ''a proposal for a Council Decision on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty of Marrakesh which facilitates access to published works by persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled'' [a proposal submitted by the Commission on 20.12.13, COM (2013 926)].

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How does cultural heritage contribute to sustainable economic and social development?

At a time when the European economy and society face multiple challenges, which have serious repercussions on essential elements of the European identity and create distrust in the project of EU integration itself, cultural heritage may serve as a key factor in achieving goals of economic prosperity, social inclusion and cohesion. Preserving and promoting cultural heritage is directly linked to job creation and growth, through the positive externalities and spill-over effects in areas such as tourism, construction or real estate.