Government Minister for Europe, Caroline Flint, visited Aston University in Birmingham to meet with academics and students in particular, to hear their views on the European Union.
The Minister held a lively question and answer session, attended by over 100 students, which covered a range of topics, including potential EU expansion, the availability of jobs and opportunities in Europe, the environment, and safety and security issues.
She also spent time meeting with students on Aston’s ERASMUS programme, which enables students in the European Union to undertake a period of study or a work placement at Aston as part of their degree programme.
In her tour of the West Midlands, which also included visiting the Electric Wharf project in Coventry, the Minister outlined how she believes Europe will continue to bring benefits to the region.
“I have seen for myself examples of how EU funding is making a real difference to people and communities in the West Midlands. In 2009, the European Union has a decisive role to play in tackling the international crisis, creating jobs for future generations, leading the world on climate change and protecting the planet.”
During her talk, Ms Flint outlined how supporting the settlement process in Cyprus was a key issue and priority, adding that she had recently met with Cypriot and Turkish leaders to continue progress.
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