About: Androulla Vassiliou

EU Priorities 2020 27-10-2014

Europe struggles with digital education

European higher education remains too conservative to adapt to technological innovations, said a Commission High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education in its report published last week (22 October).
Sports 15-09-2014

Athletes unite for European Special Olympics opening

SPECIAL REPORT: More than ten thousand people gathered at the Special Olympics’ opening ceremony to watch athletes with intellectual disabilities launch the games, in Heizel, on 13 September.
Demonstration for quality internships, Brussels, 18 July 2014 [European Youth Forum]

Europe’s first ‘Intern Day’ highlights unfair work conditions

Internships replacing jobs are an "increasing problem" in Europe, civil society organisations protested on the first-ever European Interns Day on Friday (18 July), explaining that up to 60% of interns in Europe are still unpaid.

EU’s celebrated Erasmus student grant scheme breaks new record

Nearly 270,000 students received EU grants to study or train abroad in 2012-2013, setting a new record, according to new data from the European Commission.

EU report calls for supporting students with high tuition fees

Increasing tuition fees do not necessarily have a negative impact on higher education enrollment if they are balanced with student support, according to a European Commission-funded study published on Monday (23 June).

Eurobarometer: Education and training don’t match available jobs

A quarter (23%) of EU citizens believe that their education or training did not give them the skills to find a job that matches their qualifications, according to a new Eurobarometer survey.
Health 12-06-2014

Vassiliou introduces European sports week

The European Commissioner responsible for sport, Androulla Vassiliou, has unveiled plans for a European Week of Sport, with the first week taking place in September 2015.
Economy & Jobs 13-05-2014

New European university ranking system launched

The EU's education commissioner Tuesday (13 May) launched a new global ranking system of universities, that rates them across many more criteria than traditional league tables. 

Boosting e-skills in European higher education requires political will at national level

With 25% of adults in the European Union lacking the necessary digital skills to effectively use information and communication technologies, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published in autumn 2013, the European Commission is facing various challenges in order to bridge the competitive gap with the rest of the world.
Health 30-08-2013

Commission launches initiative to promote physical activity in Europe

The European Commission on Wednesday (28 August) adopted an initiative on health-enhancing physical activity which is the first ever proposal for a Council Recommendation on sport.
Languages & Culture 09-07-2013

Erasmus student programme sets record

The EU’s top education official, Androulla Vassiliou, has called for a revamped Erasmus student exchange programme to place more emphasis on youth employability in the coming years, as the European Commission reveals a record 253,000 students took part in the programme last year.
Digital & Media 19-02-2013

Struggling southern states targeted in ICT training push

SPECIAL REPORT / EU education ministers met in Brussels last Friday to debate how new online tools can benefit the unemployed, with a specific focus on struggling Mediterranean countries. Meanwhile, a new initiative, the Academy Cube, seeks to bring together all stakeholders on one online platform to retrain unemployed people with e-skills for future ICT jobs.
Languages & Culture 22-01-2013

Vassiliou: ‘Don’t you dare’ cut EU budget for culture

Androulla Vassiliou, the European commissioner responsible for education and culture, has urged EU leaders not to cut the budget for culture. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
Languages & Culture 13-12-2012

Budget deal ‘averts funding crisis for Erasmus’

A deal on the 2013 budget, voted by the European Parliament yesterday (12 December), plugs a hole in the EU's finances for 2012 and removes uncertainty about funding for the Erasmus student exchange programme next year, the European Commission said.
Languages & Culture 27-09-2012

Vassiliou: Immigrants must learn the language of their host country

Speaking in tribute to the European day of languages on Wednesday (26 September), Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou said it was a time to “celebrate” multilingualism in all its forms, but that immigrants must learn the language of their “host” country.
Languages & Culture 06-09-2012

Vassiliou: We urgently need to improve literacy skills in Europe

With one in five 15-year-olds and 75 million adults lacking basic reading and writing skills, Europe desperately needs to improve its literacy standards, says Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou.

European kids must learn to be risk-takers, says EU education chief

European schools must teach students to become more entrepreneurial and develop a positive attitude towards risk-taking, EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.