Spring Day 2009 Podcasts
Our podcasts are audio interviews in which Spring Day guests answer questions relating to creativity and innovation.
12 March 2009: Interview with Commissioner Figel’, responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth
Commissioner Figel’, responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, hosted an online debate on the Spring Day website on 12 March 2009. The debate has been the fifth event of this kind since 2005, when the guest decided to interact with Spring Day schools on a yearly basis. The debate theme focused on creativity and innovation as key skills that are acquired and shaped at school. Students and teachers from 12 schools representing 10 countries came online to interact with Commissioner Figel’ and his team of experts.
(Interviewer Chris Jenkins, Web editor at the European Schoolnet Office in Brussels).
Interview with Professor Bengt-Åke Lundvall
Professor Bengt-Åke Lundvall, an Ambassador of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, came online from Denmark on 12 March to debate with students and teachers from different locations in Europe. He also answered two interview questions about creativity and innovation.
Interview with Michel Delebarre, first Vice-President of Committee of the Regions, mayor of Dunkerque and member of the French Parliament
On 22 April 2009, Michel Delebarre took part in the fourth Spring Day online debate, answering to students' questions about the European elections and their importance for regions and cities.
(Interviewer Nathalie Scheeck, Translations coordinator at the European Schoolnet Office in Brussels, audio file in French).
Interview with Domenico Lenarduzzi, Honorary General Director, European Commission
Domenico Lenarduzzi was the special guest of the fifth online debate, focused on European educational programmes for schools and universities. Domenico Lenarduzzi has dedicated his career to conceiving the European Lifelong learning Programme. We asked him why mobility is so important in education and how European educational policy helps building a European identity.
(Interviewer Alessandra D'Angelo, Web Editor at the European Schoolnet Office in Brussels, audio file in Italian).
13 May 2009: interview with Margot Wallström, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication
"Active democracy in Europe: Your role in shaping the future" was the topic of the seventh online debate hosted by Spring Day for Europe. Commissioner Wallström, special guest of the chat, answered students' questions on democracy and invited them to play an active role in setting the political agenda for the future. Twelve schools from seven countries took part in the debate.
(Interviewer Gabriella Axelsson from European Schoolnet, audio file in Swedish and English)
8 June 2009: interview with Mario Sepi, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
As special guest of the last Spring Day chat, Mario Sepi expressed his views on the current economic crisis. Sepi also answered two interview questions on the main areas the European Parliament is investing to fight the economic crisis and on the connection between solidarity and competitiveness.
(Interviewer Lucia Sali from European Schoolnet, audio file in Italian and French)
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