Sixty years ago in Rome, the foundations were laid for the Europe that we know today, ushering in the longest period of peace in written history in Europe.
The Treaties of Rome established a common market where people, goods, services and capital can move freely and created the conditions for prosperity and stability for European citizens.
On this anniversary, Europe looks back with pride and looks forward with hope. For 60 years we have built a Union that promotes peaceful cooperation, respect of human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality and solidarity among European nations and peoples. Now, Europe’s shared and better future is ours to design.
On 1 March 2017, the European Commission presented a White Paper on the Future of Europe, which forms the Commission’s contribution to the Rome Summit of 25 March 2017. The White Paper sets out the main challenges and opportunities for Europe in the coming decade.
It presents five scenarios for how the Union could evolve by 2025 depending on how it chooses to respond. We will only do more together – and more efficiently – thanks to solid yet open educational systems that enable all citizens to take part in society, EUNET welcomes the reference made in the White Paper to crucial role of lifelong learning.
Indeed, we can only agree that “making the most of the new opportunities whilst mitigating any negative impact will require a massive investment in skills and a major rethink of education and lifelong learning systems“.
Europeans are more than ever aware of their status as citizens of the Union and the proportion of Europeans wanting to know more about their rights continues to increase.
Over 80 % of Europeans cherish, in particular, the right to free movement that allows them to live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU (December 2016 Eurobarometer).
However, a lack of awareness means EU citizens do not fully exercise their right to vote in European and local elections and many are unaware of the right to consular protection. The 2017 EU Citizenship Report sets out the European Commission’s priorities in further raising awareness of these rights and making them easier to use in practice.
The European Commission has launched the public consultation in the context of the mid-term evaluation of Erasmus+ including the long-term impact of the predecessor programmes.
Young people, students, teachers, youth workers, athletes, staff, employers, civil society and social partner organisations and other interested parties are invited to submit their contributions on the impact and the future of programmes by 31 May 2017 through a questionnaire available in all EU official languages.
The mid-term evaluation will thereafter build on the results of this consultation together with other material including surveys of participants, case studies, interviews, social media analysis and other.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation which will run until 19 May 2017 with a view to updating the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning.
This review will seek to determine which skills and competences young people need to acquire to succeed in the job market and in life, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship education.
The review was announced in the Commission’s New Skills Agenda for Europe adopted in June 2016. The goal is to develop a shared understanding of key competences needed (from reading and writing, horizontal skills to digital competences) and to further foster their introduction in education and training curricula. The revision will also provide support for better developing and assessing these skills.