STEM in Harghita county

26 June 2019, 135th Plenary Session of the European Committee of the Regions rBelgium - Brussels - June 2019 r© European Union / AUDE VANTHALEMrrCsaba BORBOLY, President of Harghita County Council

Firstly, in a nutshell, let me tell you some basic information on the county I came from. The region is in Romania, up in the Carpathians, full with beautiful landscape and with traditional lifestyle and cultural wealth. The people here make a living mostly from agriculture and forestry, and in the small towns there is some industry, built on the ruins of the socialist large-scale industrial past.  Farmers have small scale businesses, very few have larger plots than 10 ha. SMEs are mostly in the micro range, with some medium sized companies. So you can ask why am I interested in STEM and Industry 4.0? That is a good question, …

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We need strong STE(A)M skills in Europe to feed the growth of innovation-intensive sectors in the EU

2 April 2019, 23rd SEDEC Commission meeting Belgium – Brussels – April 2019 © European Union / Giedre Daugelaite  Csaba BORBOLY, President of Harghita County Council

The CoR opinion led by EPP-CoR member Borboly Csaba, President of the Harghita County Council, on “Strengthening STE(A)M Education in the EU” was unanimously adopted today in the SEDEC Commission meeting and will be presented to the Council of Ministers of Education on 22 May. The opinion focuses on the growing need to better prepare citizens with the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful innovators in a 21st century workforce. The importance of further developing STE(A)M skills in Europe is recognized by the various EU institutions. Local and Regional authorities can play a major role. As empowered in many different ways through multi-level governance and decentralization of …

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SEDEC Commission adopts opinions on bioeconomy and STEM education

2 April 2019, 23rd SEDEC Commission meeting Belgium – Brussels – April 2019 © European Union / Giedre Daugelaite

Developing sustainable bioeconomy strategies in EU regions and strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education were on the agenda of the CoR’s Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC) on 2 April. Members also discussed how cities and regions can contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals related to social policy, education and innovation. The European Commission presented in October 2018 a new strategy to develop sustainable bioeconomy in Europe, which is the subject of a draft opinion prepared by Jacint Horváth (HU/PES), representative of Local Government of Nagykanizsa. The CoR document encourages cities and regions to develop their own bioeconomy strategies. Moreover, it underlines the …

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Navracsics Tibor: local and regional values strenghten the European Union


Navracsics Tibor, European Commissioneer for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Csilla Hegedüs, DAHR vicepresident responsible for culture and Attila Korodi, member of the Parliament and member of EU affairs commission were welcomed on 31st of January in Harghita County by Csaba Borboly, President of Harghita County Council, as well as by Bíró Barna Botond and Barti Tihamér, Vicepresidents of the County Council. The Commissioneer also visited the Church of Șumuleu Ciuc, then presented the objective of his visit during a press conference. Navracsics Tibor considered that during his visits in member states it is important to visit different regions besides the capitals, because the areas he is responsible of are not limited …

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Borboly Csaba: the basis of the economic and social development is a well-developed youth policy

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Harghita County Council, in cooperation with the European Commission, European Parliament and the European Committee of the Regions organized on 9th of October, within the European Week of Regions and Cities a workshop entitled Brain Drain: a one way ticket? – workshop on youth and workforce migration. The European week is one of the biggest event-series on EU level. The workshop was opened by Iuliu Winkler, Member of the European Parliament. He highlighted that some measures should be formulated on European and on member states’ level regarding the brain drain theme. Moreover this is highly important on local level as well. Also, if the local community is stronger and more …

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Borboly Csaba: We get a chance to be closer to Europe


Borboly Csaba has been elected as political coordinator of the SEDEC Commission by the largest fractions of the European Committee of the Regions “This is a new opportunity for us to contribute to the formation of the opinion of Europe in various fields regarding our interests, and I hope to have the support and contributions of my colleagues – said Borboly Csaba, after he has been appointed by the European People’s Party as political coordinator of the Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC), within the 131th plenary session of the Committee of the Regions, held on 9th of October 2018. As rapporteur of the Committee of …

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