Commissioners Vassiliou and Füle set for talks with Eastern Partnership Ministers in Yerevan

Commissioners Vassiliou and Füle set for talks with Eastern Partnership Ministers in Yerevan

Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle, and Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid represented the European Union at the third Informal Eastern Partnership Dialogue in Yerevan, Armenia, on 13 September. The meeting brought together Ministers and senior officials from the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).

 

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+.

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.

 

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.

 

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