On 20 November 2012 the European Commission has published an impressive set of policy recommendations that have to reinforce the cooperation between EU Member States and give a new impetus to education policy in the EU Member States. The most important part of the proposal is the Communication ‘Rethinking education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes’ The Commission takes the opportunity of the long expected Communication on skills to gather all aspects of European Education and Training policy in an encompassing framework and to give some new impetus. The European Commission wants to put Education and Training high on the agenda, in the EU and in the Member States.
The current recommendations are to be considered as a first reaction on behalf of EUNEC. In the recommendations, EUNEC pleads for a broad approach of education and training policy. Sustainability, social cohesion, equal opportunities and a development oriented approach are as important as the labour market orientation.
EUNEC pleads for an approach of education policy from a subsidiarity point of view.
EUNEC is concerned about the lack of attention to the role of the local level in the communication and about the lack of transparency of the decisions.