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Umea-Riga layout  

Umeå in Sweden and Riga in Latvia are Europe's Cultural Capitals for 2014. Inaugurated in 1985 in Athens, Cultural Capitals highlight the diversity and richness of European culture while also fostering a European identity. More than 40 cities around Europe have already had the honour and since 2011 two cities from two different EU countries share the title each year. (Read more: Heading north: Umeå and Riga are Europe's Cultural Capitals for 2014 )

 
 

Broken Circle Breakdown: "Walking a thin line between comedy and tragedy"

Plenary Session Institutions / Culture11-12-2013 - 17:14
EP 2013 LUX Film Prize winner  Felix van Groeningen  

One event can make the difference between endless happiness and deepest sorrow. How the two often mix and overlap in magical ways is shown in "The Broken Circle Breakdown", a love story about a Belgian couple coping with the loss of their child. The film directed by Felix van Groeningen won the Parliament's 2013 LUX Prize. Following the award ceremony, we talked to the director about the film's success, the LUX Prize and the importance of music. (Read more: Broken Circle Breakdown: "Walking a thin line between comedy and tragedy" )

 
 

The Broken Circle Breakdown wins 2013 LUX Prize

Plenary Session Institutions / Culture11-12-2013 - 13:06
EP 2013 LUX film prize winner is Felix van Groeningen with the movie "Heart-breaking The Broken Circle Breakdown"  

"The Broken Circle Breakdown", a musical love story about a Belgium couple coping with a tragic loss, won the European Parliament's 2013 LUX Prize. Accepting the award from President Martin Schulz, director Felix van Groeningen said: "The LUX prize is a great initiative - it makes you watch a film that you otherwise wouldn’t have." The LUX Film Prize is awarded every year to films that promote European cinematography, values and social issues. (Read more: The Broken Circle Breakdown wins 2013 LUX Prize )

 
 

European Book Prize: promoting European values

Others Culture05-12-2013 - 16:23
Book Prize winners Arnaud Leparmentier (France) and Eduardo Mendoza (Spain)  

Are Europeans on the same page when it comes to culture and values? The European Book Prize is awarded each year to help promote European values and contribute to a better understanding of European culture. This year's winners received their prize at an award ceremony at the European Parliament on 4 December. The 7th edition was opened by EP president Martin Schulz. (Read more: European Book Prize: promoting European values )

 
 

ERASMUS+

Culture / Education / Youth / Sport15-11-2013 - 15:57 (European Parliament's Elections)

Erasmus+ is the new EU umbrella programme for education, training, youth and sport from 2014 to 2020. It brings together all the existing education and training programmes as well as the Youth in Action Programme, and adds sport, for the first time in an EU programme. Having a single, simplified programme should make management more transparent and easier, ensure swifter access to funding and reduce administrative costs. (Read more: ERASMUS+ )

 
 

Creative Europe: in the business of making the most of the EU's heritage

Plenary Session Culture14-11-2013 - 18:39
Interview with Silvia Costa  

Cultural diversity is one of Europe's strengths. The Creative Europe programme for 2014-2020 aims to safeguard this diversity and boost the cultural sector's competitiveness. Backed by the culture committee on 5 November, it will bring together the existing Culture, MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus programmes. Ahead of the plenary vote on Tuesday, we asked Silvia Costa, an Italian member of the S&D group responsible for steering the proposals through EP, how the new programme will make a difference. (Read more: Creative Europe: in the business of making the most of the EU's heritage )

 
 

Agora 2013: young Europeans propose ways to fight youth unemployment

Others Youth / Employment policy08-11-2013 - 09:02
Agora Youth Unemployment  

With nearly one in four young Europeans unemployed, the EU needs to look harder for solutions. The European parliament is not only consulting with politicians and experts, but wants to hear suggestion from those directly involved: young people. On 6-8 November, the Parliament hosts the Agora event, inviting young workers and job seekers from across the EU to debate how youth unemployment should be tackled. We asked twelve of them to share their proposals with us. (Read more: Agora 2013: young Europeans propose ways to fight youth unemployment )