15.12.2017 - UNESCO Office in Brussels

EU Council adopts first ever conclusions on Education and Culture

On 14 December, following the Informal meeting of heads of state or government held in Gothenburg on 17 November, the European Council adopted important conclusions about education and culture, as well as on social dimension and climate change.

“Leaders highlighted the importance of the social, educational and cultural dimension of our policies in bringing Europeans together and building our common future” the Council Conclusions state, acknowledging that even if these fields of competences keep pertaining to Member States’ competences, “much can be achieved by working together”.

About Education and Culture, leaders called on Member States, the Council and the Commission to engage in actions aimed at promoting mobility across Europe and cooperation among Member States on setting appropriate framework for recognition of higher education diplomas.Other measures envisaged concern skills development for digitalisation as media literacy, as well as more inclusive and innovative approaches to education and training.

A relevant section of the text urges the same actor to take the opportunity of the European Year of Cultural Heritage “to increase awareness of the social and economic importance of culture and cultural heritage.” The European Council also invites the Commission "to present, where relevant, proposals for Council recommendations in spring 2018 with a view to adoption by the Council as soon as possible.”

The adoption of these Conclusions comes just one week after the official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage at the EU Culture Forum held in Milan, at the presence of Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics who also recalled UNESCO as a fundamental Partner Organisation on these matters.

Read full Council Conclusions here.

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