On the occasion of an official visit to Israel, the European Commissioner in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Jn Figel', today signed a Joint Declaration with the Israeli Minister of Education, Prof. Yuli Tamir.

This Joint Declaration on co-operation and dialogue in education and training will be an effective tool to contribute to the objectives of the 2005 Action Plan under the European Neighbourhood Policy, namely to gradually integrate Israel into European policies and programmes.

For this purpose, the Commission and the Israeli Government want to launch an enhanced policy dialogue on greater compatibility of education systems and to increase educational mobility and exchanges through the EU's Erasmus Mundus and Tempus programmes. [extract]

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