European cooperation after the Education and Training Framework 2020 (26 September 2019)

Since the Lisbon Declaration in 2000, the European Commission has encouraged cooperation between Member States in the field of Education and Training. Discussions are currently underway about cooperation after 2020. The Vlor, on its own initiative, suggests a number of possible innovations in the programme.

More transparency in a variety of policy initiatives

In addition to European policy initiatives from Education and from Work (Skills Agenda), other international organizations are also taking initiatives in the field of Education and Training. They sometimes overlap and do not always have the same impact on the Member States. The Vlor advocates greater transparency in the many policy initiatives.

The Vlor also calls attention to the mutual coordination between Flemish and European education policy. An assertive and proactive Flemish policy is necessary here.

Put the learner at the centre

Many policy texts propose measures affecting the learner, but don’t start from the learner. European policy should focus broadly on the substantiation of the right to education as described in art. 29 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Invest in education

The Vlor advocates that the Member States plead more strongly for investment in education. This could be achieved by setting benchmarks. There must certainly also be a new policy line regarding educational infrastructure and school construction.

Involve stakeholders

The Vlor pleads for a stronger democratic consultation with stakeholders about the main lines of international policy. A nuisance from frequent reporting exercises must be avoided.