Last Friday, 10th November 2017, EfVET participated in the Info Day about the Call for Proposal EACEA/26/2017 at the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels. This event was structured in three main interventions: Busuoic, Camaiani and Floissac Boissy. 

First of all, Bianca Busuoic, policy officer at the DG Education and Culture (Unit A1, Strategy and Investment) focused on how we should prepare the future of learning. In so doing, Busuoic mentioned several objectives:

  • Address the needs of the individual – shifting pedagogical practices according to learners’ needs
  • Support the development of a sound foundation of competences
  • Support a lifelong learning approach as the only viable alternative that will allow people to adapt to social and employment challenges
  • Support the transmission of values through education
  • Support educational institutions and systems in adapting to the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation

Likewise, she commented on future policy initiatives expected to be carried out by 2018, such as:

  1. a proposal for a revision to the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning;
  2. a proposal for a Council Recommendation on promoting common values through education;
  3. an action plan on the future of learning in the digital era.

As far as the general objectives of the 2017 Call are concerned, she came up with numerous ideas:

  • Raise stakeholder awareness of European policy agendas in education, training and youth; increase stakeholder commitment and cooperation with public authorities for the implementation of policies and reforms; boost stakeholder participation in the field of education, training and youth; and boost stakeholder involvement in the dissemination of policy and programme actions and results.

As far as the specific objectives of the 2017 Call are concerned, the following were also mentioned:

  • Promote inclusive education for all; enhance the acquisition by all citizens of a wide set of competences; support teachers, staff and leaders of education and training institutions; and promote excellence and innovation.

Cristina Camaiani focused on Civil Society Cooperation and addressed the LOT 1 – EDUCATION AND TRAINING

This action provides structural funding (operating grants) for their annual work programme to two categories of bodies: 1) European non-governmental organisations (ENGO) and 2) EU-wide networks.

Several objectives were also set out:

  1. Raise awareness of European policy agendas in education and training
  2. Increase commitment and cooperation with public authorities for the implementation of policies and reforms in education and training
  3. Boost participation in the fields of education and training
  4. Boost involvement in the dissemination of policy, programme actions and results of good practice among membership and beyond

Last but not least, Ferdinand Floissac Boissy addressed the system of simplified grants, explaining that funding forms are Operating Grants for Civil Society Cooperation that take the form exclusively of reimbursement on the basis of the following unit costs:

Personnel

  • (Unit cost per full-time equivalent FTE): 12 925 Euros
  • Statutory Meetings (unit cost per meeting related to the organization of statutory meetings): 18 216 euros

The number of units for statutory meetings will only refer to the meetings included in the statutes of the beneficiary such as general assembly, management board, steering committee, regional meeting, etc. Conferences, seminars, training, roundtables, workshops, etc. will not be included in the calculation of the grant, but they will have to be included in the work programme.

Reported by Danel Ocio