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Stakeholders’ view on the new programme for education, training and youth (October 2011)

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28 European education, training and youth organizations formed a coalition to ask for a stronger and more comprehensive education, training and youth programme within the next multiannual financial framework. They welcome the Commission’s proposal to increase the budget for the period 2014–2020. This proposal matches the high objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy. As the OECD “Education at a Glance” report shows, “despite strained public budgets, governments must keep up their investment to maintain quality in education, especially for those at risk”. They thus call on the Council and the Parliament to adopt the proposed budget. The stakeholders also ask for a lifelong learning approach, more focus on the acquisition of transversal skills, the definition of qualitative benchmarks, a good balance between small and big projects to ensure a broad access to EU programmes, and outline the specific role of European civil society organisations.

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