•20–21 May 2014: Education, Youth, Culture & Sport Council Conclusions

  • 20–21 May 2014: Education, Youth, Culture & Sport Council Conclusions

 

 

  • EU Ministers for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport met in Brussels on 20 and 21 May. They adopted conclusions on:

 

 

  • – effective teacher education, addressing concrete issues such as how to attract and retain the best candidates, how to ensure the relevance of teacher education programmes and how to better exploit the potential of new technologies and resources. Member states were also invited to use the funding opportunities in EU instruments, such as the Erasmus+.

 

 

  • – multilingualism and the development of language competences, inviting member states to adopt and improve measures aimed at promoting multilingualism and enhancing the quality and efficiency of language learning and teaching.

 

 

  • – quality assurance supporting education and training, which cover specific issues such as the quality of cross-border education and the extent to which quality assurance arrangements could be developed in other areas of education and training, such as schools, work-based learning and non-formal learning.

 

 

 

  • The Council and the representatives of the governments of the member states also adopted two resolutions on:

 

 

  • – the EU Work Plan for Youth, which is a medium-term plan for 18 months, with key initiatives in specific youth policy areas, so as to enable the EU and its member states to address urgently the high youth unemployment rates and the consequences of the current crisis for young people.

 

 

  • – the structured dialogue process, which is a forum for continuous joint reflection on the priorities, implementation and follow-up of European cooperation in the youth field, involving a wide range of young people and youth organisations. The next cycle of the structured dialogue will be launched in the EU Youth Conference in October, under the Italian Presidency. Youth empowerment will be the priority theme for the next 18 months.

 

 

 

  • The Council also adopted conclusions on promoting youth entrepreneurship to foster social inclusion, focusing on creativity, innovation and green jobs and inviting member states to recognise the importance of entrepreneurial education from an early age, highlighting the role of non-formal and informal learning to ensure the autonomy and the personal development of young people, as well as to facilitate their successful integration into the labour market.

 

 

 

  • At the meeting the Italian delegation informed on the work programme of the future Presidency, announcing the following priorities:

 

 

  • – Youth empowerment, in particular access to rights;

 

 

  • – Political participation of young people;

 

 

  • – European public service

 

 

All details can be found here: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/homepage/highlights/council-discusses-legacy-of-major-sports-events?lang=en