Romania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time since it joined the EU, from 1st January 2019 until 30th June 2019. This Presidency opens the Trio of Presidencies composed also of Finland (1st July 2019 – 31st December 2019) and Croatia (1st January 2020 – 30th June 2020). The joint programme for the entire 18 month period of the upcoming ‘’Trio Presidency’’ can be found here. The focus areas of the Trio Programme prepared by Romania, Finland and Croatia, include common EU values, sustainable growth and strengthening external capabilities, safety and security.
Regarding Education, the three Presidencies are committed to the implementation of policies aimed at strengthening social dimension, tackling skills mismatch, and promoting the level of social protection of citizens. The Trio will concentrate on fostering mobility, inclusiveness and excellence, while also contributing to the promotion of European values. Furthermore, they will focus on the next generation cooperation frameworks in the education, youth, culture and sport sectors (such as the post ET2020 framework).
Concerning the Romanian “Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Programme’”, it will be focused on the theme “Connecting Education’’, seeking three significant dimensions: mobility, inclusion and excellence. Main highlights:
- Establishment of the European Education Area by 2025. In order to identify suitable solutions for the diverse challenges the EU is confronting today, the European Education Area aims to create a framework of educational excellence and mobility.
- Erasmus +. The Presidency is willing to continue discussions on the proposal for a Regulation on the Erasmus + Programme, pursuing to favour inclusion, increase the mobility of students and teachers and promote European values through education. A special mention is made regarding the establishment and development of European universities’ networks and centres of excellence in Vocational and Technical Education.
- Council Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning. Stimulation of foreign-language learning by the use of digital tools.
- European elections of May 2019. Bring young people closer to the European project, by developing skills and promoting active participation and volunteering.
- The main topic in the field of youth is the increase of the adaptability of young people to challenges faced in finding a job.
- Importance of ensuring young generations’ access to culture, with a view to developing creative, intercultural and communication skills
- On the 4th and 5th of June the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will organise a Conference on Quality in Education and Training in Bucharest.
Reported by Anca Crețu