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Eastern Partnership: new policy priorities

The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have presented a new communication on the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020, which details the EU's long-term policy objectives in the eastern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy. It follows a wide consultation in the specific countries of ArmeniaAzerbaijanBelarusGeorgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, and within European Member States.

Education reform is a strategic priority including governance and capacity building and modernisation and innovation at all levels. Aligning of legislation and policies with European developments will be in focus, which will be supported by the ETF's Torino process for vocational education and training. Teacher training will be strengthened through the exchange of best practice and support for the introduction of modern curricula and teaching and learning practices.

Building on the achievements of the Partnership in the first 10 years, the proposal outlines how the EU will work together with the partner countries to tackle common challenges and strengthen their resilience as an overriding policy objective beyond 2020. Attention will focus on the ecological transformation, the digital transformation and delivering on economies that work for all, in particular providing more job opportunities for youth and promoting gender equality.

The ETF supports the EU Commission services within the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership through the provision of indepth and timely inputs to the relevant bilateral sub-committees, policy dialogue and monitoring, and annual country progress reports on education, training and employment developments in each of the partner countries.