EU and business leaders are very keen to address the high levels of youth unemployment and the emerging skills gap across Europe by offering young people opportunities to play an active role in the European economy, writes Stefan Crets.
It used to be fairly easy to explain what it means to be educated: it involved schooling, and the more schooling you had, the better educated you became and the more opportunities you had. But things are now more complex, writes Stavros N. Yiannouka
Europe’s most innovative start-ups include a belt that tells you where to go, lego-like modular solar panels, and smart chemicals that give wood a second life. But ‘unicorn’ companies are a rare species in Europe: EURACTIV went to Budapest to learn what the EU does to breed more of them.
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.
The European Commission adopted on Thursday (5 October) a proposal aiming to improve the conditions and outcomes of apprenticeships for young people across the block, in the hope that it will facilitate their job search later.
The transformation of jobs in the digital era will force governments to review their welfare systems and workers to constantly update their skills, senior European officials, experts and ministers agreed during a conference held in the Estonian capital Tallinn this week.
The Erasmus programme has been one of Europe’s most successful instruments of education and integration. Its structure, range and funding are currently going through another round of development, with a massive budget increase likely.
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.
As the Erasmus programme celebrates its 30th anniversary, Education Commissioner Tibor Navracsics told EFE that the scheme “increases the possibilities for young people to enter the labour market” and that it is “one of the greatest achievements of the European Union”.
In September 2015, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on promoting youth entrepreneurship. Nearly two years later, MEP Michaela Šojdrova is disappointed with the lack of progress made by the European Commission.
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.
Hungary has urged European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans to quit after he was quoted suggesting Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's animosity towards US billionaire George Soros is driven by anti-Semitism.
In Kosovo, far too much time has been spent on issues like border demarcation. Delivering peace instead of war is one thing but that is not enough when young people want a good education and their parents want jobs, warns Kosovar politician Kadri Veseli.
After years of sluggish advance, the house of world economics looks generally strong. However, those who ensure the knowledge base for growth, the scientists and researchers, face threats to their system, writes Thomas Jorgensen.
EXCLUSIVE/ Documents seen by EURACTIV.com show that Bulgaria is set to lose millions of euros in EU funding aimed at modernising the country’s research infrastructure and stimulating its innovation potential, apparently due to its inability to select independent evaluators.
A Budapest university founded by billionaire George Soros, which is threatened with closure by Hungarian government legislation fast tracked today (4 April), has already received a number of offers from other EU countries to host the seat of learning.
Thousands of demonstrators marched in Budapest yesterday (2 April) in support of a university founded by Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros that says Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government wants to push it out of Hungary.
As the pace of technology continues to advance, tech figures, app developers, education, industry and public policy leaders gathered in Brussels to find out how businesses can make the most of the mobile economy.