European Commission launches the European Youth Monitor
The EU Youth Monitor is based on the EU Youth Dashboard, composed of 41 indicators covering all eight fields of action of the EU Youth Strategy. The European Commission has also published 41 statistical indicators covering all eight fields of action of the EU Youth Strategy, including information on tertiary education attainment levels.
Lifelong Learning Week 2014 – ‘Building Together the Future of Learning’
EUCIS-LLL is organising its 4th Lifelong Learning Week in the European Parliament in Brussels from 2 to 11 December 2014. The aim of the Lifelong Learning Week is to raise awareness of lifelong learning with a specific important topic and to bring visibility and create synergy between the work achieved by EUCIS-LLL and its members in 2014. This year the Week will focus on the three pillars of our European Manifesto “Building together the future of learning”: ensuring accessible and quality learning for all, investing in the social dimension of lifelong learning and bringing the EU closer to its citizens. We want to send strong messages on lifelong learning to policy-makers and, more particularly, Members of European Parliament. Our Civil Society Meeting Place will contribute to sharing practices and building stronger links between civil society and MEPs, since it provides an opportunity to have a dialogue between newly elected MEPs and civil society organisations in education, training and youth on the future of learning in Europe (see EUCIS-LLL manifesto).
There will be stands from EUCIS-LLL members from 8 to 12 December in the European Parliament. Various activities will be organised by the members during the whole week and you will get to know more about them and their areas of expertise.
/// 2-5 December
/// Tuesday 2 December
/// Tuesday 9 December
- 15:00-18:00 EUCIS-LLL round table on ‘Efficient and equitable funding of education: A target beyond reach?‘, hosted by Jill Evans (Greens/EFA, UK).
- 19:00-21:00 Lifelong Learning reception, hosted by Julie Ward (S&D, UK).
/// Wednesday 10 December
- 09:30-12:30 EUCIS-LLL Seminar – Launch of Flagship Initiative on ‘Inclusive Education. Fighting Inequalities in Education and Training‘, hosted by Julie Ward (S&D, UK).
/// Thursday 11 December
- 9:30-12:45 EUCIS-LLL Policy Debate ‘Validation of non-formal and informal learning: All aboard! How to reach the targeted public?‘, hosted by Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, FI).
- 18:00-21:00 ‘We are all lifelong learners!‘ closing reception at Mundo J, hosted by EUCIS-LLL and EAEA.
Meeting of the Liaison Group, 5 november 2014
EESC Liaison Group – 5 November
Audrey Frith represented EUCIS-LLL at the plenary meeting of the EESC Liaison Group with organised civil society on 5 November.
Henri Malosse stressed the importance of “giving a new breath” to the European project. The EESC supports the new Commission political prioritites and more particularly the Investment package, the European energy martket, coherent foreign policies, digital agenda and the push for a vision for the European single market. The EESC will contribute to this agenda but revising its own functioning for example by contributing via impact studies, thematic projects with the European Commission, the “Going Local” initiative and the renewed partnership with the Committee of Regions. The Liaison Group can also contribute to ensure the Commission reaches the goals set in the political guidelines.
Conny Reuter shared the challenge to ensure civil society voice is heard in those important debates. Key issues are to be tackled such as citizens’ participation in (European) elections and the raise of xenophobic feelings; the situation as regards the EU objective of social cohesion and convergence and more particularly at how the Investment Package will contribute to it; and migration – mentioning the commemoration of Lampedusa.
The Liaison Group adopted its 2014 activity report. Important dossiers takled were the contribution to the Europe 2020 mid-term review, the contribution to the European Commission work programme for 2015 and to the drafting of the Action plan for Europe. Cooperation with sections were also reinforced.
The Liaison Group adopted changes in its operating rules. Membership is now based on organisations (and not individuals); members who are not active can lose their membership and members have to sign a letter of commitment.
An NGO Forum is planned to take place in Riga on 2-3 March 2015 under the Latvian EU Presidency. Andris Gobins, member of the EESC, is working on the agenda with the Latvian government. The aim is to discuss article 11 implementation and reaching some agreements from the Council side.
For 2015 members discussed the Europe 2020 Review (EESC conference in Rome in December), employment and social services, the Investment Package, the shrinking space for civil society in Europe and the European Year of Development 2015. The next meeting of the OSC members to look at the proposals made to the 2015 Commission work programme and decide on what to work on.
The newsletter is now implemented. It’s the newsletter that is the most read in the EESC. Important to share information and ensure it’s a dynamic tool.
The Civil Society Europe initiative was mentioned. It is to be launched during a meeting in Rome in order to reinforce civil society’s capacity to have a voice at EU level in the same way social partners are. A new step in structuring civil society. Of course this does not questions the existence of the Liaison Group.