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Education for Competitiveness - Vassiliou

Europe must unlock excellence in education if it is to compete successfully in the new world economy, said commissioner-designate for education, culture, multilinguism and youth Androulla Vassiliou at her hearing yesterday January 14th.

"The benefits of the new economy must be shared more equally if we are to exit the recession and move to a smarter, greener, knowledge society," said Vassiliou.

This will mean helping the one in six young people who leave school early, the one in five 15-year-olds who have poor reading skills and the 80 million people in Europe who are trying to survive with only low or basic skills, she added.

Cyprus' Androulla Vassiliou has been chosen by President of the European Commission (EC) Jose Manuel Barroso as a member of his new Commission. She is currently Health Commissioner.

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