EU Luxembourg Presidency: social & employment policies presented in the European Parliament
Nicolas Schmit presented the priorities of the EU Luxembourg Presidency on social and employment issues during the Employment Committee of the European Parliament on 16 July. Referring to the high level of unemployment in Europe, he urged to restore the social dimension of the European construction before detailing the presidency priorities. This is particularly important in the framework of the economic governance of the EU. As regards employment, creating quality jobs was related to good macro-economic policies. More should be done to ensure the Youth guarantee is implemented and leads to job creations. More focus should be put on training. What we need is a genuine youth policy and to ease transitions from education to the labour market.
EU Luxembourg Presidency: education and culture policies presented in the European Parliament
The Minister for Culture, Maggy Nagel, and the Minister for Education, Children and Youth, Claude Meisch, presented, on 14 July 2015, the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency in the field of culture and education to the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament. For education, the Presidency will focus on the inclusion of all young people in quality education. According to Claude Meisch, inclusion is a “prerequisite for promoting youth employability, active citizenship and adherence to common European values”, and should involve children and young people of all social, cultural and linguistic origins. The adoption of the Joint Report of the Council and the European Commission on progress made in implementing the ET2020 Strategic Framework is an important element during the Presidency. The aim is to review the measures taken and efforts to be pursued by the EU and its Member States to further reduce school drop-out rates in Europe. A symposium on this subject was held on 9 and 10 July 2015 in Luxembourg during which our members EPA, ESHA and OBESSU took an active role, which should lead to Council Conclusions in November. Moreover, on 10 and 11 September 2015, Luxembourg will organise a Conference on ‘Diversity and Multilingualism in Early Childhood Education and Care’. Special educational needs is also a priority of the Presidency. In the field of youth, the Presidency will aim to ‘develop European synergies necessary to strengthen the participation of young people in democratic life in Europe’. To do this, the Presidency will propose a resolution to the Council in this regard.