Panel II - From Lifelong Learning to Education for Europe: Citizenship education in the EU's new multi-annual financial framework

Richard Deiss from DG EAC provided participants with some data and details concerning EU educational budget for years 2014 – 2020. First he introduced the five education benchmarks that focus e.g. on increasing the attendance rates in primary, higher, and adult education. The speaker briefly explained the proposed “Erasmus for all” programme for 2014-2020, which shall bring together the currently separate sub-programmes of the Lifelong Learning Programme, the international aspects of higher education, including Erasmus Mundus and Youth on the Move. The new programme has an supposed budget of 17,3 billion.

Lively discussion followed the presentation. An abundance of questions concerning new framework for Lifelong Learning Programme recalled the problem of priorities in funding different educational levels. In particular there will be less emphasis on adult education in the new programm. Richard Deiss stressed the fact, that the earlier we would invest, the better effects we could obtain. Further concerns were uttered regarding the overall future role of citizenship education in the new programme, since the focus will be on developing the skills and mobility of human capital, as the presentation showed.

Participants were also concerned about perspectives for facilitating NGO’s access to EU funds, they said the new required bank guarantee form would effectively exclude many NGOs since they have not enough financial security.

Attached you find the full presentation by Richard Deiss.

More details concerning the EU 2020 Education Strategy are supposed to be released soon.


Lifelong Learning
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