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Ministers Mailis Reps and Indrek Saar present the Estonian presidency's priorities for education and culture in the European Parliament

11. July 2017 - 5:00
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Today, on 11 July, the Ministers Mailis Reps and Indrek Saar will be in Brussels to present the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education the Estonian EU presidency priorities for education, youth, culture, audiovisual policy and sports.

According to the Minister of Culture Indrek Saar, as the Presidency, Estonia has the privilege of bringing to the table the priority issues in culture and sports. “As for culture, we will focus on access to culture and cultural heritage during the era of digital shift. We will discuss what the cultural institutions could do to better engage the public.  As for sports, we will be discussing with the Member States the role of coaches in society as someone who teaches values and skills and fosters cohesion in society. We will also explore how to best support coaches across Europe in their expanding role,” explained Saar. “In the audiovisual policy, we will steer negotiations between the European Parliament and the EU Council on renewing the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, hoping to reach an agreement by the end of our presidency. This is the first time that we have the chance to lead the modernisation of the European legal framework,  aiming to strike an appropriate balance between competitiveness and consumer protection on the European single market,” said Saar.

The Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps said that the results of the latest PISA survey have brought the Estonian education system clearly in the centre of attention. “We are leading the discussion on how to modernise teaching and learning to meet the emergent demands of a rapidly changing world. We want to build a stronger connection between education and the world of work and advance talks about the new Europass portal to further simplify the taking up of employment or studies in other Member States,” said Reps. “As a digital country, we will focus on promoting smart youth work in the youth field. We also develop the next EU Youth Strategy together with the youth and steer debates on the European Solidarity Corps initiative aimed at providing the youth with better opportunities to volunteer or work around Europe,” added Reps.

Further, Mailis Reps will address the EP Committee on Industry, Research and Energy in the afternoon to talk about the Estonian presidency’s priorities for research and innovation. Estonia focuses on the question how to increase the impact and value of research and provide rationale for investing in research and innovation. Likewise, Estonia aims to increase coherence and openness of EU research and innovation partnerships.

At 13:00 Brussels time, the Minister of Culture Indrek Saar will open in the European Parliament the Estonian modern art exhibition dedicated to Estonia's EU presidency, entitled Intermedial. In the exhibition, the curator for the exhibition Marten Esko from the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, addresses the relationship between pristine nature, traditions and digital aspects in Estonian culture that has motivated the motto of the Estonian EU presidency - “Unity through balance”. The exhibition is organised as part of the Estonian presidency’s cultural programme in Brussels and will be open to visitors until the end of December.

The live broadcast of speeches by the Ministers at the EP Committee on Culture and Education is available HERE.

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