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Category Archives: Investing in education

Erasmus+ Coalition joint statement on the revised proposal for EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

The European Commission’s revised proposal for the next long-term EU budget (2021-2027) brings both hope and disappointment. The strong commitment to European cooperation and public investment demonstrated by its proposed allocation of 1.1 trillion euros, along with 750 billion euros for recovery instrument NextGenerationEU, is a positive sign for the future of Europe. Addressing the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the green and digital transitions, certainly requires ambitious public investment. In this regard, Europe […]

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The revised EU budget: is it enough to build a learning Europe?

On 27 May, the European Commission published its revised proposal for the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027) along with the new financial instrument Next Generation EU aimed at helping EU Member States recover from the crisis provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Together these amount to a total of 1.85 trillion euros for the next seven-year period. 

We welcome this ambitious financial package as a clear demonstration of the added value that European cooperation brings in such challenging times. Nevertheless, while […]

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Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies – Let’s make it happen

The European discourse on sustainability has gained the centre of policy arenas and has spilt over all fields, including lifelong learning. Nowadays, it is no longer enough to have an outlook on the future of education, and we rather have to imagine the future of learning with sustainability as a polar star. Such was the spark that lit the debate for the LLLP webinar “Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies”, that took place on May 27th. 

To be sustainable, education and […]

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New publication – Erasmus+ implementation survey results

The LLLPlatform runs an annual review of the Erasmus+ programme implementation amid beneficiaries and civil society organisations. Curious to know what beneficiaries of Erasmus+ think of the programme?

Following the success of the Erasmus+ implementation surveys from previous years, the Lifelong Learning Platform ran its 2019 Erasmus+ Implementation Survey from 6 September to 14 November 2019. In the same lines as last year’s survey, only European level organisations were targeted and a total of 40 responses were collected. By targeting European […]

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NEW – LLLP Statement on COVID-19

At this point in time, it has become apparent that the COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented global public health crisis, a danger to social and economic cohesion across our communities. But it is also a threat to education and training systems’ stability and sustainability, a red flag for the need to upskill teachers, educators and trainers, and ultimately to massively invest in education and training. One might even say that, to some extent, it has led us to question […]

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Europe’s share of GDP for education and training has never been this low. A comparative analysis

EU Member States are dedicating an ever-smaller share of their budget to education and training: unfortunately, this trend is well consolidated and alarming. Eurostat, the European agency dedicated to statistical analysis of EU Member States (and beyond), punctually publishes statistics about education and other sectors: its reports are of particular interest because they evoke a precise picture of countries’ investments in different budget areas. 

At the LLLPlatform, we have compared the same study Eurostat publishes every year with the aggregated […]

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LLLP Reaction to the ET Monitor 2019 – Is Europe reaching the ET2020 goals?

The Lifelong Learning Platform reacted to the publication of the European Education and Training Monitor 2019, which focuses on teachers and educators, as well as on their roles in the European education systems.

The Lifelong Learning Platform – European civil society network for education welcomes the 2019 Education and Training Monitor published by the EU Commission on September 26th, the European Day of Languages. This year’s report highlights the achievement of the target on tertiary education attainment and the general […]

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Press release – Lifelong Learning Interest Group on ‘Skills for Life, Skills for the Future’

BRUSSELS, 30 September 2019 – On 25 September, ahead of the second European Education Summit, the European Parliament’s Lifelong Learning Interest Group met to discuss Skills for Life, Skills for the Future with Members of the European Parliament Julie Ward and Sirpa Pietikäinen, representatives of the European Commission, Finnish Presidency of the Council and stakeholders from all sectors of education, training and beyond. The meeting focused on how to better implement the concept of life skills, which enable people […]

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Evidence-based policy-making in education & training: a forced marriage between education and research?

August 12 – Aachen: LLLP joined the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) conference on ‘Thinking Tomorrow’s Education’.

In the renewed European context, it is timely to assess the role that evidence-based policy plays in education and, vice-versa, how research should (or should not) be used for policy-making. Research and education have always been closely linked, and it’s only natural that it is so: researchers and academia often operate in what is called the knowledge triangle: education, research […]

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Ursula, where did you hide education? – Reaction to New Commissioners’ portfolios

European Commission President-Elect Ursula Von der Leyen unveiled the new Commissioners’ portfolios in today’s press conference. We are sad to see that education and lifelong learning are not accorded their rightful place and visibility in this proposed Commission and are mentioned only as part of the wider ‘Innovation and Youth’, which erases in a blind hit also culture, sports and research. Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria) will have the difficult task to make education policies arise from the whirlwind of innovation and […]

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