These are just some of the issues which will be in the spotlight at the Council for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport on 16-17 May. The European Commission is represented by Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth), and Vice-President Joaquín Almunia (Competition), who will participate in an exchange of views on the planned new State aid rules for cinema.
Ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on maximising the impact of youth policy for growth and jobs.
Yesterday, the Council adopted conclusions on the social dimension of higher education. Many countries share the Commission´s concern about high drop-out rates and the need for a better alignment between what is being taught in higher education and the diverse learning requirements of students.In the Council have taken part Member States to adopt national measures to ensure that people from all social groups can access and successfully complete higher education. These measures include improved financial support and counselling for students, providing more opportunities to transfer from vocational training to higher education, and increasing the flexibility of courses to make it easier to combine work and studies.
The programme is expected to have a budget of around €14.5 billion for 2014-2020 – 40% more than the current programmes.