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The “Education and Training 2020” work programme (ET2020) was adopted in May 2009. In line with the Europe 2020 growth strategy and building on the previous work programme ET2010, ET2020 defines the long-term strategic objectives of EU education and training policies: making lifelong learning and mobility a reality; improving the quality and efficiency of education and training; promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship; enhancing creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training. EUCIS-LLL closely follows the implementation of this work programme, notably with the organisation of the European Stakeholders’ Forum every year in partnership with the European Commission.

European Parliament votes on advancing 1 billion euro in pre-financing for Youth Employment Initiative

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On 29th April, the European Parliament carried out Commissioner for Employment, Social affairs, Skills and Labour mobility Marianne Thyssen’s proposal to make 1 billion euro available for youth employment already this year. This will “increase by up to 30 times the pre-financing Member States …

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EUCIS-LLL welcomes CULT vote on TTIP: safeguarding our educational model

The ongoing negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the USA are a cause of concern for many educational stakeholders in Europe. Aware of the dangers such liberalisation might present, EUCIS-LLL and its partners …

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EU Investment Plan: Relevant for Education?

In its Communication of 26 November 2014 the European Commission has proposed an Investment Plan for Europe; a key priority of the political guidelines of President Juncker. This Investment Plan will be based on three mutually reinforcing strands: a smart …

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EUCIS-LLL statement on Revision of Visa Directive


On 26 March 2013, the Commission submitted a proposal for a Directive on the conditions for entry and residence for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and au pairing. The European Parliament voted …

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EUCIS-LLL Position Paper “Why Education should be excluded from TTIP”


In 2013, the EU started negotiations with the US over a free trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which aims at reducing barriers and harmonising systems between the two actors. The 8th round of TTIP negotiations took …

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EUCIS-LLL on Europe 2020 strategy – from political will to implementation

The Europe 2020 Strategy on the verge on its mid-term review. Simultaneously with the crisis, inequalities have increased in European education and training systems where vulnerable groups are particularly disadvantaged. The level of low-skilled adults, increased numbers of people at …

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EUCIS-LLL on the Europe 2020 strategy – From political will to implementation


The Europe 2020 Strategy is on the verge of its mid-term review. Inequalities in European education and training systems have increased simultaneously with the crisis, with vulnerable groups being particularly disadvantaged. The level of low-skilled adults, increased numbers of people …

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Contribution to the Education, Training and Youth Forum 2014

The third Education, Training and Youth Forum took place on 9-10 October. The 2014 Forum entitled “Future priorities of the 2020 Strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET2020)”, aims to bring together various stakeholders in order to …

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Calling MEPs to support an intergroup on lifelong learning in the Parliament

EUCIS-LLL believes that we need an intergroup on Comprehensive Lifelong Learning within the European Parliament. We need a vision and the political commitment to ensure our education and training systems deliver better for economic development, social and civic participation, personal fulfilment and …

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EUCIS-LLL questions to the Commissioner

In view of the hearing of the future Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Multilingualism by Members of Parliament in CULT Committee, EUCIS-LLL has prepared questions to raise for the successor of Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou. They all reflect crucial matters …

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EUCIS-LLL position on the ET2020 Strategic Framework review

2014 is a turning point for European cooperation in Education and Training: mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy, of the Education and Training 2020 Strategic Framework (ET2020), elections of a new Commissioner and Members of Parliament, launch of the …

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Press release: validation arrangements needed to bring European youth back in employment!

The Youth Guarantee Recommendation was adopted in April 2013 and is part of the Youth Employment Package; it is aimed at contributing to reduce critical levels of youth unemployment in Europe by making sure young people under 25 cannot stay …

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EUCIS-LLL contribution to the European Area of Skills and Qualifications

Following the public consultation issued by the European Commission on a European Area of Skills and Qualifications, EUCIS-LLL has produced an input after having led a broad internal consultation within its membership. EUCIS-LLL highlighted all along its contribution that the …

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EUCIS-LLL Training session on Erasmus+

EUCIS-LLL organised a training session on 5 March in Brussels to inform stakeholders about the new Erasmus+ programme. New policy objectives linked to the programme were discussed, as well as new opportunities under the three new programme key activities, concrete …

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EUCIS-LLL Manifesto “Building together the future of learning”


The 2014 European elections will provide the right momentum to think about the future of learning in Europe. The current economic and social crisis gave a new impetus to deeper cooperation in education and training with a high focus on …

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EUCIS-LLL welcomes the revision of the “Visa Directive”

The purpose of the Council Directive 2004/114 is to determine the conditions and procedures for admission of third-country nationals to the territory of the Member States for a period exceeding three months for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, …

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EUCIS-LLL position on “Rethinking Education”

The recent release of the Commission’s Communication on “Rethinking Education: Investing in Education for better socio-economic outcomes” reflects the political necessity to give a new conceptual framework to emerging key challenges in education and training. If EUCIS-LLL agrees that it …

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EUCIS-LLL key messages for the European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2012

The European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2012 was organised by the European Commission with the support of EUCIS-LLL. Prior to the Forum, an online consultation was organised to collect first answers to the topics of the Forum. The consultation …

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EUCIS-LLL calls for a renewed Memorandum on Lifelong Learning

For the 12th anniversary of the publication of the European Commission’s “Memorandum on Lifelong Learning”, considering new paradigms in times of economic crisis, EUCIS-LLL published a call to renew this document of reference. Its aim is to lay down general principles …

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EUCIS-LLL calls for a structured dialogue in education and training

EUCIS-LLL calls for a structured dialogue in education and training for the success of European cooperation in education and training within the Education and Training strategic framework (ET2020) and Europe 2020 strategy. A genuine partnership approach with civil society cannot …

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EUCIS-LLL Communication on the draft Joint Report on the implementation of “ET2020”

On 20 December 2011, the European Commission adopted the draft Joint Report of the Council and the Commission “Education and Training in a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe”, on the implementation of the Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in education …

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EUCIS-LLL Communication on the “Education and Training 2020” work programme

EU Member States and the European Commission have in recent years strengthened their political cooperation in the field of education and training. The Council Conclusions on a strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (“ET 2020”) were adopted …

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Position paper on Youth on the Move

EUCIS-LLL appreciates the transversal approach taken within the Commission’s Communication through its four main lines of actions. It insists that it is important to consider learning mobility “for all” and not only focus on students’ mobility in higher education. In …

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Position paper “EQF-NQF: tools for learning continuity?”

The European Qualification Framework (EQF) works as a translation device between different national qualifications systems (NQF). EUCIS-LLL supports this initiative that contributes to the implementation of lifelong learning strategies in Europe. It nevertheless raises some concerns on the need to …

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Contribution to the ECVET consultation, March 2007

EUCIS-LLL appreciates the pragmatic approach taken by the European Commission as well as its focus on learning outcomes. ECVET is a tool that can enable to foster more flexible learning pathways, to capitalise skills, competences and knowledge acquired by learners, …

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