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High Level Group discusses the future of European cooperation in education and training in Tallinn

14. June 2017 - 23:48
Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The High Level Group on Education and Training will meet in Tallinn today and tomorrow to discuss the future of the Erasmus+ programme, digital education and shared values in the European Union. It is the first event of the Ministry of Education and Research marking the start of the incoming Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The High Level Group on Education and Training brings together the Heads of Foreign Relations from the Ministries of Education of Member States to talk about the positive aspects of education cooperation in the EU and the areas that need improvement. The meeting will focus on the future of the Erasmus+ programme after 2020.

The meeting will be chaired by the Deputy Secretary General for Youth and Foreign Relations Madis Lepajõe who noted that the meeting in Tallinn will provide input for preparing the mid-term review of Erasmus+ and the proposal for the future programme. “The Erasmus programme that celebrates its 30th birthday this year has helped develop the skills of millions of Europeans and inspired educational innovation in thousands of teachers and practitioners. Together, we intend to make this programme even better so that everyone in Europe could enjoy its advantages in the future,” said Lepajõe.

In addition to discussing the future of the Erasmus+ programme, experts will have meetings and presentations on digital education at Mektory. On the second day, the participants will talk about promoting social inclusion and shared values through formal and non-formal learning. The discussion is preceded by a keynote speech by publicist and journalist Raul Rebane on digital and post-truth society, fake news, populism and values. The meeting ends with a tour in Tallinn Old Town guided by students from the Gustav Adolf Gymnasium.

Further information about the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Background on Erasmus+

  • Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.
  • 77.5% of the budget of Erasmus+ is allocated for the education and training sector. Erasmus+ supports strategic partnerships, development projects and innovative solutions involving a total of more than 125,000 organisations and approx. 800,000 teachers, lecturers, trainers, education staff and youth workers.
  • Further information is available here.

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