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Stakeholder consultation on Strengthening STE(A)M education in the EU  

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting an own-initiative opinion on Strengthening STE(A)M education in the EU. The opinion will examine, in line with the principle of multi-level governance, how local and regional authorities can help to address the existing shortcomings in training courses in STEM subjects, the STEM workforce and STEM-related jobs.

Three shortcomings have been observed in relation to STEM in recent decades:

  • there is a Europe-wide shortage of teachers specialised in STEM at all levels of education;
  •  
    in many cases, students' interest in STEM is decreasing;
  • the results produced by the education system are not always in line with the needs of the labour market.


Appropriate planning, the establishment of local and regional partnerships and cooperation with employers are needed in order to provide an effective response to these problems. Since only nine Member States currently have a national STEM strategy, it is up to local and regional authorities to manage the issue more appropriately.

The rapporteur of the opinion, Mr Csaba BORBOLY (RO/EPP), President of Harghita County Council, together with his expert, Mr László CSÁK, would be happy to meet with representatives of your organisation and other important stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topics of this opinion to gather the different points of views and discuss the main issues.

The consultation will take place on:

Monday, 18 March 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m.

at the European Committee of the Regions

(Rue Van Maerlant 2, B-1040 Brussels)

Room VMA 1

The rapporteur would be very keen to hear your views during the meeting. After a short introduction by the rapporteur of the draft Opinion, stakeholders will be invited to exchange views with the rapporteur and his expert.

In addition, if you have any position papers relevant to the subject, you are welcome to send them to us by e-mail using the addresses below.

The meeting will be held in English.

For practical reasons, you are kindly asked to register your participation before COB on Thursday, 14 March 2019 via email to the functional e-mail address: sedec@cor.europa.eu.

Please note that in order to reduce paper waste, the CoR will not provide paper copies of documents for the meeting.

We are looking forward to your confirmation.


Contact:
Contact Person: Doru Hobjila
Organizer: SEDEC secretariat