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Informal Summit of EU leaders,17 November 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden

 

European Council - Council of the European Union

 

On the margin of the social summit in Gothenburg,  the leaders discussed also how to enhance EU efforts in the area of education and culture.

The debate was chaired by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, who at the press conference admitted:
"We had a constructive discussion about eight concrete ideas, which were suggested not by Brussels, not by the institutions, but by Member States. One example is to make the Erasmus programme more inclusive, so that an increasing number of Europeans benefit from getting to know each others' cultures, while living and studying in another EU country."


Among concrete ideas discussed by the Leaders there were also the following:
-    scaled-up mobility and exchanges for young Europeans
-    a network of European universities
-    the mutual recognition of secondary education diplomas
-    an Erasmus for young artists
-    the preferential loan scheme to creative industries (guarantee facility).


Furthermore, it was agreed that the European Student Card shoul be expanded “to offer access to cultural sites and activities across Europe”.

 

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