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Session with education ministers in Yerevan

Commissioners Vassiliou highlight the new opportunities for Eastern Partnership students

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The informal Eastern Partnership dialogues are held twice a year to give partners more ownership in the process and help raise the visibility of the Eastern Partnership.

The meeting brought together Ministers and senior officials from the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). Commissioner Vassiliou was involved in a session with Education Ministers, including Dainius Pavalkis, the Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science, representing the EU Presidency.

The Informal Dialogue meetings helped to prepare for the third Eastern Partnership Summit which takes place in Vilnius 28-29 November. They also reflect the EU´s commitment to advancing the Eastern Partnership and extending sectoral cooperation.

Commissioner Vassiliou highlighted the new opportunities which will be created by Erasmus+, the EU´s new programme for education, training, youth and sport, for students from Eastern Partnership countries who aim to spend part of their degree studies at EU universities. The Commission envisages that non-EU partner countries will receive €400 million per year for mobility opportunities and cooperation under the programme. Capacity building projects, presently funded under the Tempus programme, will also receive additional funding from Erasmus+.

The Commission envisaged that non-EU partner countries will receive €400 million per year for mobility opportunities and cooperation under the programme. Capacity building projects, presently funded under the Tempus programme, will also receive additional funding from Erasmus+.

“Our existing Tempus and Erasmus Mundus programmes have been great success since their launch in the Eastern Partnership region and I am delighted that we will be able to support even more student exchanges under Erasmus+. Quality education is fundamental to the prosperity and stability of our societies; without well-performing education systems, there can be neither growth nor development," said Commissioner Vassiliou.

Students from Eastern Partnership countries will also be able to benefit from scholarships for joint Master programmes. Doctoral fellowships will be financed under the renamed Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions, which are part of the new Horizon 2020 programme.

Since 2004, the EU has allocated €150 million through Erasmus Mundus to enable nearly 6 000 students and staff from the Eastern Partnership region to spend part of their studies or training at an EU university. 700 of these beneficiaries have come from Armenia. In addition, more than 200 researchers and 135 institutions from Eastern Partnership countries have benefited from the Marie Curie Actions, the EU´s mobility programme for researchers´ career development and training.

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