Support to Policy Reforms – Key Action 3

The activities in support of policy reform are targeted at the achievement of the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy, of the Strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020) and of the European Youth Strategy.

Which actions are supported?

Knowledge in the fields of education, training and youth, involving evidence gathering, analysis and peer learning. In particular :

  • thematic and country-specific expertise, studies on policy issues and reforms, including through the activities carried out by the Eurydice network
  • support to the participation of countries in European/international surveys aimed at monitoring specific trends and developments, including the evolution of language competences development in Europe
  • EU Presidency events, conferences and high-level meetings
  • exchanges of experience and good practice and peer reviews
  • support to the implementation of the Open Methods of Coordination.

Prospective initiatives to anticipate innovative policies or prepare their implementation. They include specific calls for proposals managed by the Executive Agency on a) forward-looking cooperation projects on policy development, led by major stakeholders and b) European policy experimentations, led by high-level public authorities and involving field trials in several countries based on sound evaluation methods.

Support to European policy tools, in particular,:

  • Transparency tools (skills and qualifications), to facilitate transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications, as well as the transfer of credits, foster quality assurance, support skills management and guidance. This action will also include networks providing support for the implementation of those tools.
  • Skills intelligence for the development and support of European tools such as the EU Skills Panorama – online platform.
  • Networks supporting specific policy areas such as literacy and adult learning, as well as youth work and youth information (SALTO and Eurodesk).
  • Dedicated Higher Education tools – development and support to tools such as U-Multiranking, support to the Bologna Process or to the external dimension of Higher Education; the national teams of Higher Education Reform Experts in neighbourhood and enlargement, as well as Russia and Central Asia.
  • Dedicated VET tools for the implementation of the VET Mobility Charter, to increase the quality level of organised mobility, and to support the National Authorities on apprenticeships in increasing the quality and supply of apprenticeships throughout Europe.

Cooperation with international organisations, such as the OECD and the Council of Europe. This action will also foster policy dialogue with Partner Countries as well as the promotion of the international attractiveness of European higher education in the world. It will also support the network of higher education reform experts in Partner Countries neighbouring the EU and the International alumni associations,.

Stakeholder dialogue, policy and programme promotion, including:

  • Civil society partnerships supporting European NGOs and and EU-wide networks in the fields of education, training and youth though a specific call for proposals managed by the Executive Agency.
  • public events, meetings, debates and consultations with policy makers and stakeholders on relevant policy issues (such as the Education, Training and Youth Forum or the European Youth Week).
  • Structured Dialogue in the youth field, including the support to National Working Groups as well as meetings promoting dialogue between young people and decision-makers (see section below)
  • awareness-raising, information and dissemination activities on policy outcomes and priorities, on the Erasmus+ programme, its results and its potential synergies with other EU programmes, in particular the European Structural and Investment Funds.
What are the aims of this key action?

The activities implemented through this Key Action are aimed to:

  • improve the quality, efficiency and equity of education, training and youth systems through open methods of coordination. Support the implementation of the general and country-specific recommendations resulting from the European Semesters.
  • promote trans-national cooperation and mutual learning between competent authorities at the highest political level in order to test and improve systems, structures and processes.
  • develop knowledge – in particular through peer learning – and analytical capacity to support evidence-based policy under the Strategic framework for cooperation in education and training (ET2020), the European Youth Strategy and specific policy agendas such as the Bologna and Copenhagen processes
  • make available sound comparative international data and appropriate secondary analyses for European and national policy making, facilitating the collection and analysis of substantive evidence to assess and monitor the implementation of innovative policies and to encourage transferability and scalability.
  • support European networks and implement tools fostering transparency and recognition of competences acquired in formal, non-formal and informal education and vocational training, paving the way to a European Area for Skills and Qualifications.
  • support the active involvement of civil society networks and non-governmental organisations in policy implementation
  • support the Structured Dialogue with young people and encourage their active participation in democratic life
  • support exchanges of good practice, dialogue, mutual learning and cooperation among policy makers, practitioners and stakeholders from Programme and Partner Countries
  • raise awareness of the results of European policies and of the Erasmus+ programme and encourage their exploitation at national, regional or local level. Raise the profile and attractiveness of European higher ducation worldwide
  • foster synergies with other EU programmes, such as the European Structural and Investment Funds, as well as with funding schemes at national or regional level.