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Education Council conclusions

Published Wednesday 16 May 2012

Rather than being organised primarily along sectoral lines (schools, higher education, youth

projects, etc.), the new programme will focus on three types of key actions: learning mobility,

cooperation for innovation and good practices, and support for policy reform. Emphasis will also beplaced on activities which have systemic impact and provide clear EU added value, while effortswill be made to streamline management of the programme and administrative procedures.


The main changes introduced in the Commission’s proposal are the following:

– a separate youth chapter with a separate budget for youth : many member states called for

greater visibility for the youth field, some of them wishing an entirely separate programme;
 

- programme management: a single management committee, but it will meet in specific

configurations, if deemed necessary, and member states would send the relevant

representatives. Most member states and the Commission stressed the need of a consistent

implementation, as well as improved coordination at national level for achieving costefficiency;
 

– support for academic institutions: keep the six academic institutions active in the field of

European integration studies which currently receive funding from the Lifelong Learning ;
 

a special provision to ensure access to the Programme for people with special needs or

with fewer opportunities;
 

– national agencies allocations for learning mobility funds : minimum allocations for each of

the different education and training sectors, in order to minimise imbalances between

member states which might occur due to geographical situation or differences in the costs

of living;
 

– a reference to European values in article 3 of the regulation.

To see the press release