Education Minister seeks to plug brain drain

In an effort to halt the brain drain that has seen many of the cash-strapped country?s brightest minds looking for better job opportunities overseas, Greek Education Minister Anna Dimantopoulou on Thursday sent a letter to her counterparts in Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain outlining a series of cooperation initiatives.

Writing to the education ministers of the other four European Union member states to have been hit particularly hard by the ongoing financial crisis, Diamantopoulou proposed closer cooperation in the European Commission?s Horizon 2020 program for environmental pollution, joint fund-raising campaigns, the creation of incentives for scientists and researchers to remain in the EU, and measures to make better use of the European Central Bank?s investment programs.

Without a concerted effort to stop the brain drain, ?there will be negative consequences on the competitiveness and growth prospects of our countries,? Diamantopoulou said.

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