Public consultation on Promoting social inclusion and shared values through formal and non-formal learning

The online questionnaire will gauge public opinion on the importance of equipping young people with shared values and how education and non-formal learning can help achieve this aim in view of creating more socially cohesive societies.

The results of the public consultation will be used together with the other data and research evidence, as well as ET 2020 mutual learning outcomes (in particular the work undertaken by the ET 2020 Working Group on the follow-up of the Paris Declaration).

Deadline: 11 August 2017.

Public consultation on the European Citizens’ Initiative

European Citizens’ InitiativeThe European citizens’ initiative, foreseen in the Treaty on European Union, allows EU citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies by calling on the European Commission to make a legislative proposal.

To be considered by the Commission, an initiative must gather the support of at least one million EU citizens from at least seven member states. The Commission is holding an open public consultation on whether or not to make a legislative proposal, and explain the reasons for that choice.

This consultation intends to gather the views of citizens and stakeholders on the current Regulation. It focusses on the shortcomings that have been identified and on options for improving this Regulation.
Target groups are citizens and stakeholders, in particular: organisations such as civil society organisations promoting participatory democracy instruments and public authorities working around the European citizens’ initiative and/or having similar participatory democracy instruments in place.

Deadline is August 16th.

EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals

EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country NationalsAs part of the New Skills Agenda for Europe, the European Commission has developed a Skills Profile Tool to support early profiling of the skills of refugees, migrants and other third country nationals.

The EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals is intended for use by any services that may be offering assistance to third country nationals and should be used in an interview situation to get to know the individual, their skills, qualifications and experiences.
The focus of the tool is to help individuals produce a profile of their skills and to help an adviser identify any recommendations or next steps.

Further Information

Call for participants: 7th Global Education and Youth Training Course for Youth Multipliers

North-South CentreAre you a young key multiplier playing an active role in a youth organisation, willing to gain skills to promote and disseminate principles of Global Development Education (GDE) to other young people?

Do you want to develop intercultural competences to facilitate peer-learning processes with other young people?

The North-South Centre (NSC) of the Council of Europe is organising the 7th Global Education and Youth Training Course for Youth Multipliers from 18th until 23rd September 2017, in the framework of the 18th University on Youth and Development, in Mollina, Spain.

The training course aims to empower representatives of youth organisations to further support the practice of GDE based on the NSC’s Global Education methodology, contributing to develop a better understanding of intercultural education, intercultural learning and intercultural competences.

Applications for the course are open until 28th July 2017, through the submission of the online application form and a recommendation letter from the sending organisation to youth and globalisation.

For more information, please read carefully the call for participants.

Over €340 million proposed for the European Solidarity Corps

European Solidarity CorpsDuring a first phase launched in December 2016, eight different programmes were mobilised to offer volunteering, traineeship or job opportunities under the European Solidarity Corps. More than 30,000 young people have already signed up and the first participants have now started their placements.

The Commission is now proposing to equip the European Solidarity Corps with one single legal base, its own financing mechanism and a broader set of solidarity activities. This will help further increase its coherence, impact and cost-effectiveness. The Commission proposes to allocate €341.5 million to the European Solidarity Corps over the period 2018-2020, to enable 100,000 young Europeans to take part by the end of 2020.

Four kinds of activities are proposed to be supported by the European Solidarity Corps:

  • solidarity placements, including volunteering opportunities, traineeships and job placements
  • volunteering teams bringing together volunteers from different countries
  • solidarity projects – local initiatives involving at least 5 participants
  • networking activities to promote and develop the European Solidarity Corps.

The Council of the EU and the European Parliament need to agree to the proposal before it can enter into force. Until then, the current first phase of the European Solidarity Corps is running.

You can read more details in the press release, the accompanying questions and answers and our new factsheet.