EU and Southern Mediterranean industry ministers focus on entrepreneurship
On 11-12 May, Malta plays host to the eighth meeting of the 36 Euro - Mediterranean industry ministers giving particular attention to entrepreneurship in the bid for improved competitiveness and an open trade area between the two blocs. The meeting is supported by the European Commission with Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani joining ministers for the meeting in Valetta.
Ministers will review achievements from a joint 2009-2010 work programme which gave particular emphasis to entrepreneurship promotion in education. Ministers will hear how the Southern Mediterranean governments and a group of feisty universities road-tested a set of common indicators to promote ‘across campus’ entrepreneurship education - considered vital in the region’s efforts to cope with graduate unemployment and political and social stability.
The meeting also considers the next two-year programme where human capital developments remain firmly on the policy radar. The 2011-2012 action plan includes specific emphasis on ensuring that management and trade skills contribute better to cleaner and more sustainable enterprise development.
Read more on the key results of the human capital activities from the 2009-2010 work programme of the Working Party on Euro-Mediterranean Industrial Cooperation which steered the activity plan for ministerial group.
The Working Party’s activities form a key pillar of the Southern Mediterranean’s efforts to accommodate the small business policy lines of the Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise
ETF supports the Working Party on Euro-Mediterranean Industrial Cooperation with the human capital priorities agreed by the EU and Southern Mediterranean industry ministers.
Put simply, lifelong learning means that people can – and should have the opportunity to – learn throughout their lives.
Increased labour mobility across borders brings the skills issue onto the international agenda so the ETF also focuses on policy actions related to skills and employment of both emigrants and returnees.
The ETF aims to develop the capacity of partner country institutions and other stakeholders in developing, monitoring and reviewing policies in the areas of entrepreneurial learning and enterprise skills.
“Employment”: promoting better functioning and inclusive labour markets and vocational education and training systems in ETF partner countries.
The ETF's role in qualifications is to provide expertise for the reform of qualifications systems in partner countries, in their various stages of planning and implementation.
Teachers are a critical factor in education reforms. The ETF takes therefore the role of schools and teachers seriously throughout its work.
Quality assurance is provided through the development of methodological instruments to facilitate a structured policy learning process, integrating quality assurance principles, and reinforcing the quality assurance dimension in the Torino Process.
Governance modes and models have a high correlation with the overall performance of education and training policies, influencing their strategic formulation and implementation.