A conference on the Eastern dimension of mobility in education, youth, research, culture and sport was held as a flagship event of the Polish Presidency in Warsaw, Poland on 6-7 July 2011.
Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou addressed the conference and highlighted the need to support not only more student exchanges but also to strive to increase the mobility of teachers, young people, researchers and professionals in the cultural sector.
She pointed out that we already have the instruments – Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Marie Curie and Youth in Action have all proved to be valuable for the free movement and exchange of ideas and knowledge between cultures.
Also, the Comissioner stressed that mobility and close contact with people from the EU neighbourhood can contribute to the establishment of democracy and prosperity in the area.
Looking at how to reinforce mobility flows between the European Union and countries from the Eastern Partnership (EaP), participants pointed out to several obstacles: visa delivery, recognition issues or insufficient information on funding opportunities.
Finally, the Commission will seek to identify ways to incite EU students, teachers, researchers, young people and cultural actors to spend more learning, teaching or research mobility in EaP countries.
Read the conclusions of the event