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On 26 October 2017 Mr Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport visited Archimedes Foundation. The visit was organised by the European Commission Representation in Estonia and the Ministry of Education and Research in Estonia.
At the meeting Mr Navracsics met the representatives of the Foundation. Chairman of the Board Mr Rait Toompere, head of the Academic Recognition Information Centre Mr Gunnar Vaht and the head of the communication department Mr Eero Loonurm gave an overview of the Foundation, its structure and international cooperation activities. A number of important topics were discussed at the meeting, such as implementing Erasmus+ programme and the work of Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee.
The meeting in Archimedes Foundation was also attended by Ms Christine Mai, Member of the The Commissioner’s Cabinet, Mr Paavo Palk, Deputy Head of Representation, European Commission Representation in Tallinn and Mr Kalmar Kurs, Head of the European Union and International Cooperation Department from the Ministry of Education and Research.
The EU Commissioner Navracsics asked mostly about the Erasmus+ programme – especially about application procedures and implementing the programme. Besides that there was a range of topics discussed – the international cooperation programmes like EEA/Norway Grants and Nordplus ending up with Archimedes Foundation international education quality assurance projects in Moldova and Azerbaijan.
“Commissioner Navracsics is in Estonia due to the EU presidency and the European Union Youth Conference,” added Rait Toompere, Chairman of the Board. “From the topics discussed, we mostly talked about Erasmus+, as the programme is at the half-way point. It is now the time for the European Commission to make the preparations for the programme period 2021-2027. The new programme has got to be ready in autumn 2018, which is exactly in one year.”
Archimedes Foundation is an independent body established by the Estonian government with the objective to coordinate and implement different international and national programmes and projects in the field of training, education and research.