At their meeting on 12 December 2014, ministers adopted conclusions on entrepreneurship in education and training.
These conclusions highlight that entrepreneurship requires the development of a series of competences, which should be addressed at all levels of education and training. They also note the importance of reinforcing the links between the education system and the business world.
The conclusions invite member states and the Commission to fully exploit the potential that Erasmus + offers in supporting entrepreneurship education and to make the best use of other European resources, such as the European Social Fund.
This Annual Growth Survey sets out what more can be done at EU level to help Member States return to higher growth levels. To strengthen and sustain the recovery the Commission proposes to pursue an integrated approach to economic policy built around three main pillars, all of which must act together – boosting investment, accelerating structural reforms and pursuing responsible growth friendly fiscal consolidation.
The adoption of the Annual Growth Survey kicks off the European Semester of economic and budgetary policy coordination. It proposes to streamline the process, with a view to increasing political ownership, accountability and acceptance of the process, to strengthening its credibility and comparability across Member States and to improving the implementation of the country-specific recommendations.
The Commission published the third annual edition of the Education and Training Monitor in November 2014. The Education and Training Monitor is an annual series that reports on the evolution of education and training systems across Europe, bringing together the latest quantitative and qualitative data, recent technical reports and studies, plus policy documents and developments.
While focused on empirical evidence, each section in the Monitor has clear policy messages for the Member States.
On 1 November 2014 the new Commission officially assumed office.
The Commission is composed of the College of Commissioners of 28 members, including the President and Vice-Presidents. The Commissioners, one from each EU country, are the Commission's political leadership during a 5-year term. Each Commissioner is assigned responsibility for specific policy areas by the President.