The Culture Committee adopted four major reports on 12 September calling for increased funding from 2007 to 2013 for EU education and cultural exchange programmes. MEPs also recommended some changes in the scope, including the target groups, of these multi-annual programmes. The reports were all adopted under the co-decision procedure by overwhelming majorities.
Italy has just decided to lift restrictions on workers from eight "new Member States".
Figel seeks a more determined European effort in developing education and culture to tackle the challenges of globalisation