Giovanni La Via (PPE
), in writing.
Education is a fundamental component that must be optimised and made increasingly efficient as the driving force behind the economy and the future growth prospects of the EU. Investing in education, and, as proposed by the report, the modernisation of higher education systems, means investing in our future by improving the skills of Europeans who must face new employment challenges. Given the target laid down by the Europe 2020 strategy which states that, by 2020, at least 40% of 30-34 year-olds in Europe should complete higher education, and given the estimate that 35% of all jobs in the EU will require such qualifications, I think that education and related investments will represent a significant part of the EU general budget for 2013 and the multiannual financial framework.