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  • Visa-free travel commitment: Canada –EU Summit Berlin June 2007Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the EU in June 2007 that Canada won't lift visa restrictions simply because the eight countries do not require visas for Canadians travelling to their countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia )Oct 31, 2007: Czech Republic (with conditions) and Latvia receive visa-free status March 1st 2008, our immigration minister, Diane Finley, finally heeded the increasingly louder calls to lift the visa requirements on nationals from Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania and Hungary.
  • Carleton receives $2.1 M to create a Canada-Europe knowledge networkMay 13, 2008(Ottawa) – Today, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced it is giving $2.1 million to set up a strategic knowledge network at Carleton University that will promote a dialogue between Canada and Europe to solve similar challenges.A new call for proposals has been launched by the European Commission together with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) to fund joint study and/or training Programmes allowing transatlantic exchanges between European and Canadian education institutions. The transatlantic mobility activities will benefit to higher education students, vocational education and training learners and teachers/trainers/administrative staff in the framework of joint study programmes, underpinned by appropriate arrangements for mutual credit recognition, language and cultural preparation, and the necessary services and facilities. The TEP projects must, therefore, be student-centred rather than oriented towards research collaboration between partners. The main focus of activities must be on transatlantic rather than intra-European or intra-Canadian interactions.Edufrance, an Agency whose main aims are to promote world-wide France’s potential as a destination for foreign students and researchers, provide international students with global hosting servicesThe British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational and cultural relations, uses its considerable resources at home and abroad (243 offices in 110 countries) to develop the international dimension of British education and culture and to build the UK’srole as a leading provider of educational and cultural opportunity for people overseas.
  • The core of the EQF is its eight reference levels describing what a learner knows, understands and is able to do - their 'learning outcomes' - regardless of where a particular qualification was acquired. The EQF reference levels therefore shift the focus away from the traditional approach, which emphasises learning inputs (length of a learning experience, type of institution). Shifting the focus to learning outcomes: supports a better match between the needs of the labour market (for knowledge, skills and competences) and education and training provisions; facilitates the validation of non-formal and informal learning; facilitates the transfer and use of qualifications across different countries and education and training systems. Poland: The allowable activities of business visitors are typically limited to the following: 1. Attend business meetings or discussions;2. Attend sales calls to potential Polish client provided that the employee represents a commercial entity outside of Poland;3. Attend seminars or "fact-finding" meetings.UK : As a visitor wishing to do business you can: to meetings with United Kingdom businesses or negotiate and enter into contracts with them; go to trade fairs, conferences or undertake training in techniques and work practices employed in the United Kingdom, providing the training is confined only to observation, familiarisation and classroom instruction; and undertake fact-finding, check details or examine goods.
  • INCH:participating institutions agree to foster understanding between Canada and the EU and co-operate in the following program activities: the exchange of students; the exchange of faculty; the development of e-learning case studies for non-mobile students; the development of learning outcomes and delivery methodology for a course on Culture and Health; the establishment of a credit recognition process to apply to all students involved in academic activities; the organization of workshops, cooperative projects, technology transfer and other academic activities; and other mutually agreeable undertakingsA key priority for future cooperation will be health information, specifically, the development of indicators against which the performance of healthcare systems can be measured, and the public reporting of this information to citizens, health professionals, and policy makers the Commission moves away from disease-oriented action programs to a more comprehensive public health policy, it remains that much more important for Canada to remain on top of these developments, from a social as well as an economic perspective. Canada wants not only to remain abreast of developments, but also to take an active role to influence the emerging European health policy and its institutions. The three strands of action of the proposed EC Public Health strategy (health information and knowledge; rapid and coordinated response to health threats; addressing health determinants) are in line with the Canadian health agenda, and open interesting avenues for cooperation.
  • Canada and Europe

    1. 1. Canada and Europe<br />Social Relations<br />
    2. 2. Visa free travel for all Canadians in the EU<br />Visa free travel for all EU citizens in Canada<br />Visas still required for Bulgaria and Romania<br />Free Movement of People<br />
    3. 3. Commitment to Knowledge Networks<br />EU-CANADA Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships (TEP) Programme<br />Attracting foreign students<br />EduFrance<br />British Council<br />Canada – responsibility of each institution<br />Erasmus – expand outside Europe?<br />Education<br />
    4. 4. European Qualifications Framework<br />8 reference levels on “Learning Outcomes”<br />Reference tool for employers to compare studies<br />Working in Europe<br />Each country sets the rules<br />Poland: Business Visitor Visa<br />UK: Business conducted as a visitor<br />Labour Relations<br />
    5. 5. Canada-EU International Competence in Healthcare Program (INCH)<br />Cooperation in health information<br />EU citizens can get healthcare anywhere in EU<br />Reimbursed by home country after payment<br />Healthcare for visitors?<br />Health care<br />
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