In a communication dated 14 November 2017, the European Commission (EC) announced the strategic aim to establish a European Education Area by 2025. This communication was a contribution to the EU Leaders' meeting on 17 November 2017 in Gothenburg, where they discussed the future of education and culture.
The Commission expresses its belief in education and culture as “an important part of the solution in tackling the challenges of an ageing workforce, continued digitalisation, future needs for skills, the need to promote critical thinking and media literacy in an era where "alternative facts" and disinformation can proliferate online, as well as the need to foster a greater sense of belonging in face of populism and xenophobia”.
The European Education Area should pursue the following objectives:
- Making mobility a reality for all
- The mutual recognition of diplomas
- Greater cooperation on curricula development
- Improving language learning
- Promoting lifelong learning
- Mainstreaming innovation and digital skills in education
- Supporting teachers
- Creating a network of European universities and a School of European and Transnational Governance;
- Investing in education
- Preserving cultural heritage and fostering a sense of a European identity and culture
- Strengthening the European dimension of Euronews
You can find here a description of the measures being considered in order to achieve these goals and a link to the EC communication.
ELIA (the European League of Institutes of the Arts) – of which FEDEC is a member -, and the AEC (European Association of Conservatories) drew up a joint reaction to the EC that was released on 17 November 2017, notifying their will to play a role in shaping the implementation of this strategy. They are collaborating already in a working group on arts in education and they sensed a good opportunity there for that topic to finally be placed much higher on the political agenda of the EU.
You will find below the letter they sent to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.