On 4 March 2021, the European Commission published the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan (Action Plan) centred around three headline targets, the second of which is to ensure at least 60% of adults participate in training every year by 2030. The Action Plan also devotes one of its three main sections to education and training and lists a series of actions to be taken both by the Commission and the Member States with a leading focus on skills. The first principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights (Pillar) is translated into reskilling and upskilling actions with the corresponding initiatives mostly related to the green and digital transitions aimed at the working population of the EU. The Lifelong Learning Platform – European civil society for education – detects a discrepancy between the first principle expressed in the Pillar where lifelong learning is proclaimed as a right for all, and how it has been translated in the Action Plan, i.e. as a right for those who are labour market participants. This disparity between what is proclaimed and what the Action Plan upholds will form a central tenet of our reaction. A right for all should ensue a right for all, irrespective of an individual’s relationship to the labour market.
New Reaction! The European Pillar of Social Rights – Action Plan
Investing in education News - 5th May 2021