Newsletter #86 – September 2014

Want to exchange on a renewed Europe? Join the 2nd Citizens Summit in Brussels, 23-24 September
The second edition of the Citizens’ Summit, an annual conference initiated by the Civil Society Contact Group, aims to reflect upon the direction Europe is currently taking after the elections and to challenge Europe’s growth obsession by proposing a more accountable, citizen-oriented, human rights and value based Union. This year the event is therefore entitled “Beyond the growth obsession – rights, justice and democracy for a renewed Europe” and will gather citizens, activists, NGOs from all over Europe and beyond. Register on and see more information on the Facebook page.

Volonteurope Annual Conference // Malta, 12-14 November
Registration for the 23rd Annual Volonteurope Conference in Valletta, Malta (12-14 November 2014), is now open. The event, entitled ‘Enlargement, Migration and Social Cohesion in the EU’ will address a range of key issues, debated during official events, keynote addresses from practitioners and specialists on enlargement, migration, social cohesion and fundamental rights, as well as four thematic Roundtables giving the participants an opportunity to discuss some of the following topics (challenges to mobility and migration, impact of enlargement on civil society and volunteering, etc.). The Conference will also celebrate the 8thActive Citizens of Europe Awards and be the occasion to launch a major report from Volonteurope on “The Impact of Enlargement and Migration on Social Cohesion and Fundamental Rights in the EU”.

EAEA’s +APL project conference: inspirations from Portugal on validation // 22 October, Granada
The EU project +APL “More Flexible VET Systems based on the Assessment of Prior Learning” partnering EAEA (the European Association for Adult Education) aims to transfer innovative methodologies and tools for the validation of non-formal and informal learning successfully used and recognised in Portugal. The project faces its final run after succeeding in the key stages which will conclude with a seminarin order to publish the results on 22 October in Granada, Spain. The event is open to any interested parties and will bring together stakeholders from across Europe which will lead to a fruitful exchange of information.

Europemobility Network conference on supporting mobility measures for young people and NEETs // 25-26 September, Sardinia
Europemobility Network aims at stimulating both the quality of work placement abroad by establishing a pan European network of professionals, experts and mobility coordinators responsible for planning and accomplishing learning mobility initiatives. The 2014 Europemobility Network International Conference on Learning Mobility, that will be held in Cagliari, Sardinia on 25-26 September, will focus on how transnational learning mobility schemes can support NEETs and how mobility may be integrated within ESF and Youth Guarantee measures. European and national decision-makers, innovative initiatives ambassadors and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet and exchange. During the Conference the Award Ceremony of the 2014 Europemobility Video Contest for Mobile Learners will also take place. Register now!

Unite for Quality Education campaign // Photo contest
Unite for Quality Education is a campaign of Education International (EI), the voice of teachers and other education employees across the globe, which goal is to raise awareness on the critical role quality education plays in the development of the individual and society and of the necessity to make it central in the post -2015 development agenda. A photo contest has been launched to showcase the importance of teachers, teaching tools and environments across the world. An exhibition with winning pictures will be held in Brussels on World Teachers’ Day on 5 October. Participate and try to win an iPad mini!

NECE conference on citizenship education // Vienna, Austria – 16-18 October
The NECE (Networking European Citizenship Education) Initiative is holding a conference on “1914-2014: Lessons from History? Citizenship Education and Conflict Management” in fall, which will address challenges in Europe against the background of its history of war and conflict in the 20th century. It will ask how citizenship education can deal with the great variety of conflicts in and around Europe today. The event will offer a platform for pursuing current issues in citizenship education in Europe: are our current patterns of thinking and discourse still appropriate for dealing with the particular challenges and crises of the European democracies today? A project market will also take place. You can register on the conference website.


Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini: the new faces of the European Council
On 30 August Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk (EPP) was elected by the 28 Heads of State President of the European Council and of the Euro Summit, and Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini (PES) became High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Mr Tusk’s mandate will last until May 2017 while Mrs Mogherini will carry out her duties until October 2019. See the full press release.

Italian presidency priorities to be presented in CULT Committee
On 3 September Members of Parliament of the Committee for Culture and Education will welcome Mrs Stefania Giannini, Minister of Education, Universities and Research, to present the priorities of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU for the second semester 2014 (see CULT agenda). Funding of education and its impact on growth, links between education and employment, open education, well-being at school and early-childhood education and care should be among the main challenges tackled this semester and presented to MEPs. See alsoTrio Presidency priorities.

Xavier Prats Monné, new Director General of DG Education and Culture
After having occupied the function of Director for employment policy in the European Commission, Xavier Prats Monné has been since 2011 Deputy-Director General for education and training and for the new Erasmus+ programme. From 1st August he is now Director-General of DG EAC and responsible for culture, youth and sports. Read his short biography.

Commission new portal on “Learning Opportunities and Qualifications in Europe”
The European Commission has released a new online portal “Learning Opportunities and Qualifications in Europe” (soon available at this address) aimed to guide learners through the various ways to obtain skills and qualifications all over Europe. Visitors may browse the portal by subject field, level of education or country. They can also find information about recognition and transparency tools and processes, guidance services or EU programmes. A series of useful links (Multirank, EU Skills Panorama…) is also available.

New Information Society newsletter: latest information on open education
The IS newsletter is released by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre to present latest developments on current research projects to support the ongoing digital transformation of the economy and society. The 11th edition of this newsletter notably showcases the OpenEdu study supporting the Opening Up Education Commission’s Communication (i.e. MOOCs supply and demand). A first workshop took place in Sevilla in June and focused on the recognition by higher education institutions of non-formal learning outcomes acquired through digital channels.

LLinE new item: reflections on PIAAC and competencies for seniors
LLinE is a Lifelong Learning in Europe journal dedicated to adult education, a combination of a scientific journal and a magazine directed at the whole of the adult education field, bridging across the different sectors. One of the latest articles published deals with competencies in later life and offers a reflection on how the PIAAC survey grasps the phenomenon. German researchers explain how they investigated the different factors that make adults eager to seek for new learning opportunities and experiences, such as individual habits, social background or self-perception. Read the full article.
OECD latest publication on Measuring Innovation in Education
This new study elaborates on the ability to assess how innovative are our education and training systems and releases international comparative information collected from 1999 to 2011 on learning settings, pedagogical tools, etc. The publication also proposes new methods and approaches to measure innovation in education and showcases 200 concrete measures. Discover the study key findings, for instance highlighting  that Denmark and the Netherlands perform among the best in primary and secondary education innovation, while Austria and the Czech Republic are lagging behind.

Commission study on regional and local development and good governance
The European Commission’s 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion analyses the state of cohesion of the Union and highlights the challenges faced by national, regional and local authorities in overcoming the impact of the financial and economic crisis. In particular it outlines how Cohesion Policy can be a lever to support recovery. The report notably makes a state of play of key education and training indicators (early-school leaving, participation in lifelong learning…). Entitled “Promoting development and good governance in EU regions and cities”, the study also provides recommendations for an ever greater impact of cohesion policy in 2014-2020, such as the genuine implementation of theEuropean Code of Conduct on Partnership enabling all relevant stakeholders to participate in developing and monitoring programmes. See also EUCIS-LLL joint open letters on the ECCP in the framework of our advocacy on the European Social Fund.

Call for tenders: Feasibility study and technical specification on the development of a citizen tool for transversal skills
The European Commission launched a call for tender to make a study on tools to measure and validate transversal skills (mastering of foreign languages or digital abilities for instance) since they are often acquired in the context of informal and non-formal learning. The aim is to determine if such a tool could improve transversal skills owners’ employability and more generally draw new learning paths for citizens and enhance their self-assessment. Further information and tender annexes here. Deadline for submission: 15 September.


Public Consultation on Europe 2020
In the framework of the revision of the Europe 2020 strategy, a consultation has been launched by the Commission to collect stakeholders’ views on the lessons learned from the early years of the Europe 2020 strategy and on the elements to be taken into account in its further development, in order to build the post-crisis growth strategy of the EU. Read soon EUCIS-LLL contribution to the consultation. Deadline 31 October 2014.
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