Slovakia's designated EC Commissioner, Maroš Šefčovič, presented his views on EU priorities in the field of education and culture and on his activities in this sphere at the European Parliament's Committee for Culture and Education on Tuesday, November 11, the TASR newswire reported.
Because Šefčovič only very recently replaced former Slovak EC commissioner Ján Figeľ, who left to lead the Christian Democratic (KDH) party and because the mandate of the current EC is about to end, this was not a traditional hearing, but only a discussion with committee members.
MEPs were interested in how the EC wants to promote life-long education, student mobility, the further education of teachers and co-operation with the EU's eastern neighbours and Latin American countries in the field of education. He was also asked about co-operation between schools and the business sector, the integration of migrants, a safer internet for children, violation of copyright in the music industry, foreign-language teaching and the falling importance of sport for young people.
The Slovak Commissioner praised the progress that has been achieved in the education and culture sectors in recent years, but also pointed out the need for investments in education and people, TASR wrote.
Šefčovič also had to answer a question by Romanian MEP László Tokes concerning the Slovak Language Act. He gave assurances that a dialogue on the law is in progress between Slovakia and Hungary in co-operation with the OSCE High Commissioner and that this should ensure that the implementation of measures included in the Language Act will be in line with European values and traditions. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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