The Lifelong Learning Interest Group has come to its midway point, time to assess the progress and plan ahead!
The LLL-IG will meet again in the beginning of 2018, on January 24th at 14:30 in the European Parliament. This meeting, under the title “Taking stock of Lifelong Learning in Europe – what will a European Education Area bring?” will be the occasion to discuss the newly proposed European Education Area.
We would like to use this meeting as an opportunity to discuss the outcomes of previous meetings and put together some guiding principles that have emerged from its work. A final document, collecting inputs from civil society organisations and MEPs alike, will be presented. At this meeting we will discuss what the steps for the promotion of lifelong learning in Europe should be, particularly in wake of the European Commission’s communication from 14 November on “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture” which lays out Vice-President Katainen‘s vision for a European Education Area (see LLLP statement here), and also in light of the high-level Education Summit on inclusion and diversity taking place the following day 25 January in Brussels. The event will also be a good opportunity to reflect on the possibility of working towards establishing an EP Intergroup on Lifelong Learning in the next Parliament.
In addition, 2018 will see much discussion on the future of the Erasmus+ programme and this will be a major point of debate at the LLL Interest Group meetings, particularly as the Erasmusx10 Campaign initiated by the Erasmus+ Coalition continues to gather momentum and support, including in the CULT Committee’s recent opinion on the next MFF.