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Student mobility

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 13283 | 08 July 2013

Signatories:
Mr Christian BARILARO, Monaco, ALDE ; Mr Volodymyr ARIEV, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Mr Josep Anton BARDINA PAU, Andorra, ALDE ; Ms Tinatin BOKUCHAVA, Georgia, EPP/CD ; Ms Anne BRASSEUR, Luxembourg, ALDE ; Mr Tor BREMER, Norway, SOC ; Mr Paolo CORSINI, Italy, SOC ; Mr Carlos COSTA NEVES, Portugal, EPP/CD ; Ms Ismeta DERVOZ, Bosnia and Herzegovina, EPP/CD ; Mr Gvozden Srećko FLEGO, Croatia, SOC ; Sir Roger GALE, United Kingdom, EDG ; Ms Vesna MARJANOVIĆ, Serbia, SOC ; Ms Carina OHLSSON, Sweden, SOC ; Ms Lesia OROBETS, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Mr René ROUQUET, France, SOC ; Mr Aleksandrs SAKOVSKIS, Latvia, SOC ; Mr Aleksandar SPASENOVSKI, ''The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'', EPP/CD ; Ms Chiora TAKTAKISHVILI, Georgia, ALDE ; Mr Tuğrul TÜRKEŞ, Turkey, EDG ; Mr Ahmet Kutalmiş TÜRKEŞ, Turkey, EDG

Mobility of young people, including students, is one of the core goals of the Bologna Process and is a vital contribution to intercultural understanding. Intercultural skills become ever more important in the globalised economies and multicultural societies of Europe. Living in another country for some time, intercultural exchanges and training, as well as participation in international youth activities put young people in a position where they can reflect on their cultural background and come to a proper appreciation of the diversity of Europe, while learning to co-operate with people of different cultural backgrounds and improving language skills.

The Assembly should examine the measures to promote mobility and exchanges of students, including measures to further reduce administrative barriers to international mobility, such as those which obstruct the granting of visas, of social security coverage and of residence/work permits. Member States could provide proper recognition of qualifications acquired abroad upon return following a mobility scheme. Finally, student mobility can be increased through the provision of adequate funding and access to such funding through mobility schemes at European level.

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