Tuesday, 8 April 2014

+++in brief+++ EDC/HRE relevant policy developments on the European level+++

Call for MEPs to support our Manifesto “Building together the Future of Learning” J-45
The 2014 European elections will provide the right momentum to think about the future of learning in Europe. Poor access to lifelong learning limits people’s ability to access quality jobs and participate fully in society. We need a vision and a sustainable investment to ensure our education and training systems deliver better for economic development, social and civic participation, personal fulfilment and well-being. The European Parliament and civil society should further engage together in the future of learning. EUCIS-LLL Manifesto “Building together the Future of Learning” comprises 12 principles for lifelong lifelong. If you are an MEP and willing to support our manifesto contact us or click here. We also encourage educational stakeholders to launch a debate on the future of learning at national level with their candidate MEPs and to use our Manifesto - already available in (EN) (FR) (DE) (NL) (PT) (PL) (TR) (IT).

+++ “Europe 2020” Review: mixed results
The European Commission has released a communication “Taking stock of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” to take stock and lay the ground for an informed discussion at halfway point of the strategy. The Communication shows how the EU and individual Member States are advancing towards the 2020 targets. It acknowledges “weaknesses in education and training Systems”. If Member States are likely to reach the headline targets for early school leaving and tertiary attainment levels by 2020; other indicators are very negative such as the “increasing share of young people neither in employment nor in education or training (NEETs)”. The member organisations of the EESC Liaison Group, including EUCIS-LLL, are currently preparing a joint contribution to the Europe 2020 Review. They believe the focus should shift on rehabilitating the real economy, and on investing in people and policies that would provide a real chance of reaching the original objectives.

OECD Society at a glance 2014: alarming decrease in national public education spending
The OECD has just published its biennal overview of social indicators focusing on “The crisis and its aftermath”, showing that more than five years after the economic downturn, high rates of joblessness and income losses are worsening social conditions in many OECD countries. Like latest Commission research (see Social Europe 2014), the study shows that those neither in employment nor in education and training (NEETs) have significantly increased in OECD countries since the start of the crisis. The report highlights this critical situation as reducing self-sufficiency and employability chances of young people. It also comprises an indicator on education spending and reveals that its share of public funding decreased from 2000 to 2010 in those same countries – data confirmed by the Education and training Monitor 2013 stating that sixteen Member States decreased their education expenditure at some stage between 2008 and 2011.

source: EUCIS-LLL