Education in focus as European parliamentarians discuss Western Balkans
The European Parliament and the Hungarian National Assembly, the Országgyulés, co-organise the Joint Parliamentary Meeting “Western Balkans: towards a more integrated Europe” in Brussels 13-14 April.
Members of the European Parliament, national parliaments from EU countries and Western Balkans will discuss developments in the region. One of two sessions will be devoted to integration of citizens, cultural diversity, success of the integration process, and educational aspects of integration.
The meeting will be co-chaired by the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, and the President of the Hungarian National Assembly, László Kövér.
Guest speakers include, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Luka Bebic, and the Head of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, Sonja Biserko.
The meeting will be broadcast live on European Parliament’s website from Wednesday 14:55 CET.
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Documents of the joint parliamentary meeting
Photo by Flickr Creative Commons, European Parliament/Pietro Naj-Oleari
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.