Education Council 14 February: Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will warn EU Education Ministers on Monday that they need to upgrade their national targets if Europe is to reach its 2020 goals for reducing early school leaving and increasing the number of graduates. The Commissioner will highlight the decision of the European Council last week to prioritise investment in growth-friendly areas like education, research and innovation.
She will also present the Europe 2020 flagship initiative “Agenda for New Skills and Jobs” which sets out the Commission’s strategy for increasing skills and employment, with more incentives to invest in training.
To help achieve these goals, the Commission will launch several new measures over the coming years, including the EU Skills Panorama, which will forecast what skills will be needed in the future, and a European Skills Passport, to record people’s skills in a transparent and comparable way. Other initiatives, such as the Commission’s new campaign on literacy (Commissioner Vassiliou set up an expert group on this issue on 1 February), will aim at ensuring that people acquire essential basic skills such as reading and writing.