The context for the 2016-2017 joint Work Programme

essde2016As European social partners in Education, we deem it important to consider in our work the impact of economical, social and demographic developments on the education sector and to continue to focus our joint work on topics that have sufficient common ground for discussion and for initiatives with a clear added value for cooperation at European level.  Herewith we take also in consideration the agenda of the European Commission in the field of education, employment and social affairs, in particular the work of DG Education and Culture and DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. We wish to contribute to the improvement of the quality of education in Europe thereby focusing on the modernisation of the education sector, its managements and its teaching personnel. In all our work we keep in mind the gender equality principle.

The European social partners in Education will consequently continue to keep in close and frequent contact to ensure that - where it is appropriate to do so - they lobby the European Commission and other organisations jointly.

ESSDE meetings 2016-2017

In total 4 meetings per year will be organised: one Steering Committee meeting, two Working Group meetings and one Plenary meeting. For 2016 the following dates have been selected:

  • 18 January 2016: Steering Committee meeting
  • 3 June 2016: Working Group meeting on Higher Education and Research
  • 30 September 2016: Working Group meeting on topics defined in the Work Programme
  • 8 November 2016: Plenary meeting

The dates and topics for the meetings in 2017 will be defined in the course of 2016.

The context for the 2014-2015 joint Work Programme

The European social partners in Education have been concerned about the current economic and social situation in Europe that remains critical; they want to continue to focus our joint work on topics that have sufficient common ground for discussion and for initiatives with a clear added value for cooperation at European level. They wish to contribute to the improvement of the quality of education in Europe thereby focusing on the modernisation of the education sector, its managements and its teaching personnel. In all our work we need to keep in mind the gender equality principle.

The European social partners in Education will consequently continue to keep in close and frequent contact to ensure that where it is appropriate to do so they lobby the European Commission and other organisations jointly.

The joint work programme for 2014-2015 combines continuation of work already started and new work. The overview summarises the themes, methodology, schedule and possible outcomes.

ESSDE meetings 2014-2015

Four meetings (or Working Groups) will be organised during the current work program period: two in 2014 and two in 2015. The first meeting took take place on 4 April 2014. During this event an update was given on the development of the activities listed in the detailed Work Programme below. Furthermore a range of topics was discussed (see 3rd block of the WP). This first meeting was open to all EFEE and ETUCE members. The second WG took place on 29 September 2014. This WG has been reserved for EFEE/ ETCUCE members dealing with Higher Education and Research. During this meeting an update will be given on the first findings of the project on "Supporting early career researchers in Higher Education in Europe". Other topics are also scheduled.