The European Commission has recently proposed joint measures to strengthen European cooperation in the areas of education and training up to 2020. To achieve this, the EC has published the draft report “New Priorities for European Cooperation in Education and Training” prepared by the Commission and Member States.

The report proposes a different political approach to better address the challenges facing society. In this regard, six new priorities have been identified:

  • Relevant high-quality skills and competences focused on employability, innovation and active citizenship.
  • Inclusive education, equality, non-discrimination and the promotion of civic competences.
  • Open and innovative education and training that fully embrace the digital age.
  • Strong support for educators.
  • Transparency and recognition of skills and competences to facilitate learning and labour mobility.
  • Sustainable investment, performance and efficiency of education and training systems.

The European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport stated that “young Europeans are facing common challenges that need joint responses. The threat of radicalisation shows how urgently we need to improve education prospects across all our communities. Together with education ministers we will strengthen our joint work to reduce early school leaving, counter social exclusion and support diverse classrooms all over Europe”.

The European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility added that “youth employment is a priority for this Commission. Relevant and high-quality skills are needed more than ever to find a job today. Better cooperation in education and training will help to raise skills and competence levels to tackle skills mismatches and thus support young Europeans to successfully enter the labour market.”

If you are interested in learning more, you can read the draft report here.

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