Education

Economy & Jobs 18-10-2017

Navracsics: Education policy is tomorrow’s economic policy

Europe's future schools need to be more skills-oriented. Faced with falling education expenditure, member states need to keep focused on their education policy goals to ensure returns on investment, according to EU Education Commissioner Tibor Navracsics.

Economy & Jobs 28-07-2017

GEOX founder: ‘Invest more in education, that’s the real problem’

Mario Moretti Polegato is one of Italy's most successful businessmen. Despite the EU institutions' constant talk about smart growth, he believes Europe has a lot to do to catch up with the US.

Development Policy 27-06-2017

SDG advocate: ‘Development projects cannot be designed in Brussels’

Development is not a one-way street, rather it is a dialogue, according to SDG advocate Dr Alaa Murabit. She told EURACTIV Germany that she supports the EU’s Consensus on Development but warned against making investment conditional.

Development Policy 10-05-2017

Development boss: ‘Training in Africa does not meet business needs’

Africa’s rapidly growing population has made youth employment a major issue. While businesses are offering increasing numbers of jobs, agriculture will continue to be the main source of employment for young people, Céline Gratadour told EURACTIV France.

Deloitte innovation chief: ‘Schools train us to become machines’

John Hagel III is an enthusiastic supporter of the opportunities that innovation and technology can bring. However, the digital transformation of the economy and society is going to be “challenging and stressful for most people", Hagel told EURACTIV.com

Future EU 08-11-2016

Spanish philosopher: ‘We have lost the idea of Europe’

Philosopher José Antonio Marina told EURACTIV Spain that the idea of Europe has been lost and called on the EU to undertake a period of “quiet” reflection in order to relaunch a project imbued with “intellectual, political and economic vigour”.

Brexit 26-10-2016

Robert Madelin: ‘We have to assume the hardest possible Brexit’

The EU treaty mentions a two-year deadline for a member state to conclude negotiations to leave the European Union. But it also foresees possible extensions, opening the way for a follow-on process, says Robert Madelin, who just left the EU executive.

Development Policy 12-04-2016

How do we measure the successes of development cooperation?

The actual impact of development cooperation is coming under increasing scrutiny. EURACTIV Germany spoke to Sarah Holzapfel of the German Development Institute (DIE) about her latest report, "Boosting or hindering aid effectiveness? An assessment of systems for measuring donor agency results"..

Euro & Finance 25-02-2016

Maria João Rodrigues: We should invest in Europe and expand domestic demand

The European Parliament insists that fiscal consolidation and reforms are not enough and that the EU should have a strong priority in investment in Europe and expanding the internal domestic demand, Maria João Rodrigues told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Youth unemployment
Economy & Jobs 22-09-2015

Economist: There is a role for EU policy on overeducation among young people

SPECIAL REPORT / If overeducation is explained by factors such as excess supply of graduate labour, then there is a role for policy, says Adele Bergin.

Development Policy 10-06-2015

Bokova: UN agencies’ role will increase in the post-2015 agenda

SPECIAL REPORT / The role of the United Nations specialised agencies becomes more important under the post-2015 agenda, because they are universal, just like the Sustainable Development Goals, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Education expert: Linking schools with businesses is win-win

We need to increase the interaction between the education and the business community. We know both sides want to increase the cooperation, but it seems like there is a need for a “broker” in the middle, says Caroline Jenner.

Sports 29-05-2015

Official: The games are an opportunity for Azerbaijan to be more engaged with Europe

SPECIAL REPORT / External relations are very important for Azerbaijan, and the European Games open another door to Europe, Sevinj Hasanova, Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry of Azerbaijan, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Youth leader: ‘We need to stop internships replacing real jobs’

Internships should be a proper learning experience, with good supervision and guidance, says Johanna Nyman. It should also have a positive, supportive working environment with an opportunity for career development and – ideally - a job at the end of the internship.

Development Policy 03-03-2015

Andriukaitis: Ebola highlights Africa’s health challenges

The Ebola: From Emergency to Recovery conference, being held by the European Commission today (3 March), provides an important opportunity to plan for the long term recovery and resilience of affected countries, Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Development Policy 07-01-2015

Mimica: ‘There cannot be a sustainable foreign and security policy without a clear development contribution’

We are starting the most important year for development processes, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Thomas Krüger is president of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). [bpb]
Economy & Jobs 22-05-2014

Civic education chief: Germans see ‘less at stake’ in EU elections

For many, the European election is a "secondary election", as shown by participation rates in Germany’s Wahl-O-Match vote matching tool. After three weeks online, demand remains modest, but the application helps inspire political discourse among voters, says Thomas Krüger.

Cedefop director: One in four EU adults is caught in ‘low-skills trap’

One in four adults in Europe lack basic numeracy and literacy skills, impeding them from finding work. While EU-boosted vocational training tries to bridge this gap, EU countries urgently need to tackle the mismatch between education and the job market, says James Calleja.

Development Policy 14-10-2013

Unesco chief: Education quality should feature highly in next MDGs

The post-2015 Millennium Development Goals need to emphasise the quality of education in order to sow tolerance and respect for human rights, and better prepare citizens for global challenges such as climate change, Unesco Director General Irina Bokova told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

University researcher: Virtual teaching gaining ground

The education world is not as conservative as it is often seen, with many teachers now using innovative methods based on eLearning, says Christian M. Stracke.

Reseacher: How to overcome the EU apprenticeship gap

High unemployment, particularly among young Europeans, demands policy responses. Andrew McCoshan explains why care needs to be taken in transposing one country’s success to others less advanced.

Development Policy 19-03-2013

Piebalgs: Development champions should speak up

Development aid contributes to economic success in both developing countries and in Europe, Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs tells EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Development Policy 05-03-2013

UNESCO chief: Millions can benefit from partnerships with private sector

UNESCO increasingly counts on partnerships with the private sector to help fund projects, Director General Irina Bokova tells EURACTIV. She identified Microsoft, Google, Nokia, Ericsson for being “very open to innovative methods of cooperation”. 

EU Priorities 2020 19-12-2012

Grybauskaite: EU leaders ‘mentally ready’ for budget deal

EU leaders agreed at a summit last week to finalise negotiations for the EU long-term budget next spring, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait?, a former EU budget commissioner, said in an exclusive interview.