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EU welcomed the launch of education and youth employability

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The report identifies challenges for European education systems that must be tackled by the EU and its Member States working together, and confirms the importance of policies aimed at modernising education systems and increasing opportunities for young people to study or train abroad.

Investment in quality education and training, particularly in the current context of high youth unemployment, is at the heart of the EU policy agenda. The next European Council on 27-28 June will focus on measures to boost youth employment. As part of its contribution to next week´s meeting, the Commission has launched a new initiative, ´Working together for Europe´s young people´. This sets out actions that have or will be taken by the EU to help Member States to modernise and improve their education systems – an approach that is in tune with the findings of Education at a Glance 2013.

Education at a Glance 2013 was presented in Brussels yesterday by Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Skills at the OECD; Xavier Prats Monné, Deputy Director General of the European Commission´s Directorate General for Education and Culture.

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