The context for the 2018-2019 joint Work Programme

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Embracing the recent commitment of the EU to deepening social dialogue as central to the delivery of social rights,  in particular to implement the right to quality and inclusive education for all, included as first principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights endorsed by the European leaders in November 2017. As European social partners in education we recognise the vital need to continuously promote the ESSDE potentials and to further develop our social dialogue aiming at meaningful outcomes which are valuable both at European and at national level, regional and local level. To this end, we deem it important to consider in our work the impact of economic, social and demographic developments on the education sector, as regards, for example, the need for inclusive education and the integration of migrants and refugees, investment patterns, open an innovative education and the attractiveness of the teaching profession based on quality jobs and on an enhanced professional profile. Herewith, we take also in consideration the agenda of the European Commission in the field of education, employment and social affairs, including all the EU efforts to actively support Member States in improving the quality of education and training in line with the global sustainable development agenda for 2030 and the European Semester. 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 2018-2019

In total 4 meetings per year will be organised: one Steering Committee meeting, two Working Group meetings and one Plenary meeting. For 2018 the following dates have been selected:

  • 29 January 2018: Steering Committee meeting
  • 27 April 2018: Working Group meeting on innovative teaching and learning in the 21st century and education investment patterns
  • 24 September 2018: Working Group meeting on Higher Education and Research
  • 19 November 2018: Plenary meeting

The context for the 2016-2017 joint Work Programme

As 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 migrants' integration and preventing radicalization of young people
  • 8 November 2016: Plenary meeting
  • 24 January 2017: Steering Committee meeting
  • 31 March 2017: Working Group meeting on Higher Education and Research
  • 25 September 2017: Working Group meeting on VET and Apprenticeship, inclusive education and the European Semester on education and training

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.