On 1 March 2017, the European Commission presented a White Paper on the Future of Europe, which forms the Commission’s contribution to the Rome Summit of 25 March 2017. The White Paper sets out the main challenges and opportunities for Europe in the coming decade. It presents five scenarios for how the Union could evolve by 2025 depending on how it chooses to respond. We will only do more together – and more efficiently – thanks to solid yet open […]
On 25 January, the EESC adopted an opinion on the outline of a European Pillar of Social Rights. This opinion sets out the European Economic and Social Committee’s initial contribution to shaping what may eventually be a European Pillar of Social Rights. It draws from the rich and diverse discussions during the 28 national debates organised by the Committee, which it believes provides the added value of this opinion. The Committee emphasises that the Pillar must be developed with the […]
European Heads of State met in Brussels on 15 December for a final formal meeting in 2016. The main topics on the table were migration, security and external relations. However, with the recent launch of the European Solidarity Corps (7 December), education was briefly dealt with through the prism of economy, social development and youth. “The European Council calls for the continuation of the Youth Guarantee and welcomes the increased support for the Youth Employment Initiative. It also […]
On 8 November, the LLLPlatform published a press release in reaction to the newly launched Education and Training Monitor 2016.
Press release: Education and Training Monitor 2016 – Investment in education and a lifelong learning approach: The only way to reach ET2020 targets The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomes the 2016 Education and Training Monitor published by the EU Commission on 7 November. This 2016 report highlights the persistent challenges Europe has been facing for years, such as […]
President Juncker’s speech on the “State of the Union” for 2016opened on the gloomy recent past and no less bright horizon we stand before as the European Union once again, struggles through an existential crisis: “From high unemployment and social inequality, to mountains of public debt, to the huge challenge of integrating refugees, to the very real threats to our security at home and abroad – every one of Europe’s Member States has been affected.” The LLLPlatform believes that […]
In the wake of the technological revolution that began in the last decades of the 20th century, labour market demand for information-processing and other high-level cognitive and interpersonal skills is growing substantially. Read the study.
The Europe 2020 strategy, adopted by the European Council in June 2010, aims at establishing a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy with high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. The key objectives of the strategy are expressed in the form of targets in five areas: employment, research & development (R&D), climate change & energy, education and poverty reduction, to be reached by 2020. These have been translated into national targets in order to reflect the situation and possibilities of […]
In recent decades there has been a strong move towards evidence-based policy making in the public sector. Few education policy-makers today would dare to introduce a reform that is not backed up by data and research evidence. But what is the nature of evidence being used, and can we rely on it to make better policy?
Read the Eurydice focus on educational evidence and policy.
On 1 July 2016, the Slovak Republic took over from the Netherlands in thePresidency of the Council of the EU. The Programme of the Slovak Predidency is based on four priorities: an economically strong Europe, a modern single market, a sustainable migration and asylum policies and a globally engaged Europe. In the education sector, the priorities of the Slovak Presidency follow the objectives of the New Skills Agenda for Europe. As regards the negotiations on […]
On 10 June, European Commissioners Thyssen and Katainen announced the adoption of a new and comprehensive Skills Agenda for Europe, officially launched on 20 June in Brussels. The aim of this new policy framework is to ensure that the right training, skills and support is available to European Union citizens and to equip them for good-quality jobs and help them fulfil their potential as confident, active citizens. It will ultimately boost employability, competitiveness and growth in Europe. The LLLPlatform would also […]