EU Stakeholders Forum on cooperation in education and training

EU Stakeholders Forum on cooperation in education and training

The second European Stakeholders’ Forum on EU co-operation in education and training was organised in Brussels on 9 February 2009 and gathered around 80 representatives from European stakeholder organisations and the social partners. The Sport and Active Leisure sector in Europe was represented by EOSE and EHFA which attended the event.

The European Commission invited European stakeholders in education and training and the social partners to discuss immediate policy priorities and to improve ways of working together in the long term. The exchange was based on the Commission’s proposal for a strategic policy framework in education and training, presented last December 2008, but also on the ongoing European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009.

Following a wide consultation with Member States and key stakeholders the Commission adopted the updated strategic framework on 16 December 2008 (“An updated strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training”). This Communication suggests long-term strategic challenges to guide the policy cooperation in education and training until. In this updated strategic framework, the Commission identifies long-term challenges to guide policy co-operation for the next decade and outlines its suggestions on how education and training can contribute to the EU’s wider reform projects, the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs and the renewed Social Agenda. The paper also outlines the most urgent priorities which merit particular attention in 2009 and 2010.

The primary objective of the EU Stakeholders’ Forum was to get feedback and opinions on these short term priorities, which include for instance action on school dropout rates, ways of assessing future skills needs, mobility and the follow-up on national strategies for lifelong learning. In addition, participants were asked to reflect on their responsibility and involvement when it comes to improving working methods for the time up to 2020.

During the Czech Presidency, it is proposed that Member States endorse this framework and especially the policy priority themes for 2009-2010. So, the input from the European stakeholders regarding both the policy themes and the working methods can be considered as an important contribution to the discussions with Member States.

The afternoon of the Forum was dedicated to the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009. The overall objective of the Year is to support the efforts of the Member States to promote creativity both for its role in stimulating innovation and for its contribution to personal development and creativity and innovation is identified as a strategic challenge in the updated strategic framework. At the Forum discussions focus on how policies for lifelong learning could support these efforts.

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EOSE – European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

A new wave for the sport and active leisure sector

Ensuring the right skills in the right place

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