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EUCIS-LLL position on the ET2020 Strategic Framework review

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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 EU funded programme Erasmus+ 2014-2020… It is important that decision-makers, in partnership with civil society, take stock of what has been achieved in the last fifteen years and adopt a fresh look on upcoming education challenges, half way to 2020. The mid-term review of ET2020 is of particular importance, as EU institutions will set new political priorities. EUCIS-LLL believes that lifelong learning strategies should not only be looked through the prism of growth and jobs. Only comprehensive strategies can bring results in terms of employment, social inclusion and civic participation including important dimensions such as tolerance and intercultural dialogue. We ring the alarm bell in this position paper to build a more social and cohesive Europe and to reflect this in the revision of ET2020 and more broadly of the Europe 2020 strategy. This position reflects the discussions that took place within our organisations and results from an internal consultation and from the messages that emerged during our Annual Conference 2014 on the ET2020 review.

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