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Civil Society Day on the follow up of the Paris Declaration, 15 December

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On 15 December 2015 in Brussels, the European Commission DG EAC and the Lifelong Learning Platform (EUCIS-LLL) organised a Civil Society Day focused on the follow-up of the Paris Declaration. After the rich discussions at the Education, Training and Youth Forum organised in October this year, this meeting aimed for a more in-depth debate with civil society organisations around the place and role of education in promoting equity, non-discrimination, fundamental values, intercultural competences and active citizenship.

lllp-dgeac-civilsocietyday-15decParticipants were invited to discuss two strategic questions: what are the main concerns and challenges ahead and what policies and actions are needed from the EU level? They shared the view that many local, regional, national and European initiatives are taking place all over Europe. Key success factors include working in partnership and ensuring a strong political commitment to address some of these issues (e.g. outreach strategies, charters and codes of conduct). The challenge is then to mainstream and upscale good initiatives, address existing gaps with adequate measures and funding as well as ensure greater policy coherence. More awareness is needed on the role of education to foster inclusion and active citizenship.

The results of these discussions will feed in the work of DG EAC related to the follow up of the Paris Declaration as well as of the related priorities of the ET 2020 Joint Report adopted by the Council on 23 November 2015.

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