Creative Europe, the fight against doping and Erasmus for All on the Agenda in Brussels
The EU Ministers responsible for Culture, Audiovisual and Sport are to meet in Brussels on Thursday, 10 May 2012 to discuss inter alia two new programmes in this field. The day after, EU’s new education and youth programme, Erasmus for All, is on the agenda and will be discussed by the EU Ministers for Education and Youth.
Two new programmes on the agenda
’A Creative Europe’ and ’Europe for Citizens’ are two proposals from the Commission for two new programmes in the field of culture for the period 2012-2020. Both proposals are on the agenda, when the Ministers for Culture and Audiovisual meet on 10 May 2012.
Political debate on a new loan guarantee and the fight against doping
The Ministers will have the opportunity to discuss a new financial instrument, suggested in the proposal for ‘A Creative Europe’, for small and medium sized enterprises within the cultural and creative sectors. For the Sport Ministers the focus point will be the fight against doping, including in recreational sport. Doping in recreational sport is a widespread problem in Europe and it is an important step that the Sport Ministers have this topic on the agenda.
Danish Minister for Culture Uffe Elbæk says:
”We have some important issues to discuss at the meeting tomorrow. Personally, I look forward to a good debate on the proposal for A Creative Europe, which aims at promoting cultural and linguistic diversity in Europe as well as strengthening the competitiveness of the cultural and creative sectors. I also find it extremely important that the ministers are going to discuss the fight against doping in recreational sport, which is one of the biggest challenges in society these years when it comes to sport.”
Erasmus for All
When the EU Ministers for Education and Youth meet 11 May they will discuss Erasmus for All – the new EU programme for education and youth for 2014 – 2020. Erasmus for All integrates the existing programmes in the field of education and youth and adds sport as a new area. It builds upon the results of the Lifelong Learning Programme and the programme for Active Youth. Erasmus for All will give more Europeans the possibility to participate in mobility and transnational cooperation within and outside of the EU.
Danish Minister for Children and Education Christine Antorini is looking forward to the Council meeting:
”I hope that we can reach an agreement on the compromise proposal on Erasmus for All that the Danish Presidency has presented. This is a programme, where the EU can make a visible difference in the field of education and training and youth. The existing programmes has already given more than 3 million grants. With Erasmus for All we are building upon good practice while at the same time streamlining the programme and giving a focus to activities that support the European cooperation between institutions and organisations” Christine Antorini says.
EU Minister for Youth meeting
In the afternoon Danish Minister for Children and Education Christine Antorini is also in the Presidency chair, when the EU ministers for youth meet. They will discuss how informal learning can contribute to avoid marginalization of young people who are neither in education and training nor employed.