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Parliamentary questions
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3 June 2019
E-001296/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Thyssen on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001296/2019

The Commission places a high priority on Vocational Education and Training (VET), and the European Social Fund (ESF) supports a number of actions ensuring the development of VET in Greece.

In Greece, the ESF supports traineeships in tertiary education in the 2014-2020 programming period with close to EUR 107 million. By early April 2019, EUR 35.2 million had been spent and 52 174 of the 106 303 targeted students had been trained in enterprises in the public or private sector. In this context, students of the Democritus University of Thrace receive support from the ESF for their traineeships.

The Commission has no indication of an interruption of this support and that the students would not be paid for their work. While the Commission monitors the programmes, it should be noted that the responsibility for the design and implementation of national policy measures related to education rests with the Member State.

The Commission encourages the use of the ESF combined with other European and National (public and private) resources for actions supporting a high level of education and training for all and the transition between education and employment for young people.

The Commission has highlighted the significance of such interventions in the ‘Country Report Greece 2019’(1) in which it also presented its preliminary views on priority investment areas of the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy. In particular, Annex D of the report highlights investments in the areas of education and training.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/file_import/2019-european-semester-country-report-greece_el.pdf.

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