EU and Japan hold high-level policy dialogue on education, culture and sport

Daily News 10 / 05 / 2021


Economy - published on 11 May 2021


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Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

Today, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, held a videoconference with the Japanese Minister for Education, Culture, Sports,
Science and Technology, Koichi Hagiuda, to discuss EU-Japan cooperation in the fields of their portfolios. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to continued cooperation and support from their
respective programmes, and agreed to join forces on researcher mobility. This ongoing cooperation has taken on new significance during the COVID-19 crisis, which has hit these sectors hard.

Commissioner Gabriel said: Education, culture and sport bring people together – to learn, to teach, to create and to compete. International cooperation in these areas will
always lead to a better understanding – like between Europe and Japan. In Brussels, as in Tokyo, we are looking at the future of education and the digital transition. I was delighted to exchange
ideas and good practices in this field, as well as in culture and sport, with Mr Hagiuda and his team.

Ahead of the Summer Olympic Games in Japan, Minister Haiuda shared updates during the meeting on the organisation of such a large-scale event in these unprecedented times. Commissioner
Gabriel and Minister Hagiuda also welcomed the progress of the three
special joint EU-Japan Erasmus Mundus Master programmes
in robotics, extended reality, and history, which were launched as an outcome of the first
policy dialogue
of July 2018. Finally, they both emphasised the importance of people-to-people exchanges and agreed to maintain direct discussions on a regular basis. The forthcoming EU-Japan
Summit will further highlight the scale and breadth of cooperation under the
EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement
. A
joint statement
and
more information
following today’s meeting are available online.

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