Opinion Factsheet  

Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture

Opinion Number: CDR 6048/2017
Group: EPP (European People's Party)
Commission: SEDEC
Status: Adopted
Date: 17/05/2018
 Highlight the "European added value" of these policies in the future discussions regarding the future of Europe, the MFF negotiations and the work of the task force on subsidiarity;
 Support in consequence the proposed vision for building up a European Education Area by 2025;
 Highlight the broad mission of education and culture, their role in strengthen European identity and ensuring social inclusion and the need for support at all levels – EU, national, local and regional;
 Highlight the key role of LRAs in education and culture policies and their value added as a player and an interface between the world of learning and the world of work;
 Insist on the need to bridge the gaps between regions and to valorise the activities of regional and peripheral education and training institutions;
 Underline the need for smart, efficient and innovative funding and spending in education and training to better respond to future skill-intensive jobs/expansion and replacement demand, to support growth and youth employment;
 Ensure that LRAs continue to play a vital role in implementing and (re)designing the proposed reforms and measures.

- supports the general vision of a European Education Area and agrees that education and culture are major factors in making Europe more resilient in the context of accelerating globalisation and current geopolitical trends;

- suggests that the level of government in charge of setting the education curriculum for schools place additional focus on the cultural and ethnographic aspects of history, with a critical and philosophical analysis of universal values within diversity, and include a section in the curriculum on the European Union;

- calls for the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage to be included in strategic initiatives supporting regional cultural development;

- calls for topics relevant to the digitalisation of society to be given greater prominence, in order to familiarise learners with coding concepts and introduce competences , not only pragmatic but also ethical, critical and analytical in the field of cyber security, social networking and media literacy;

- strongly supports boosting the Erasmus + programme with the aim of doubling the number of participants, reaching out to learners from disadvantaged backgrounds by 2025 and expanding towards lifelong learning and educator mobility;

- strongly supports priority measures to build inclusive and connected higher education systems and calls for particular attention to be given to peripheral universities and those in the outermost regions and to cross-border cooperation. The underlying assumption should be the belief that no university is peripheral and all universities are or should also be regional



Meetings at DG EAC, European Commission

The rapporteur Tanya Hristova met at DG EAC with Director Michel Magnier (Culture) and Michael Teutsch Head of unit on "Schools and Multilingualism" and Mr Youri Devuyst, Senior Expert (Education).

18 Jan