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On 12-13 July in London, an informal meeting of Education Ministers from the EU, candidate, accession and EEA countries was held. Education and Skills Secretary Ruth Kelly outlined the priorities of the UK Presidency of the EU Education Council EU and called on her fellow EU education ministers to join her in the challenge to increase investment in skills for the 21st Century.
UK Secretary Kelly noted that “we must refocus education on making an impact on our economies but, just as importantly, on our societies and the lives of our citizens”. The related aims of the UK presidency are to highlight how education and skills can lever up economic performance and achievement of the Lisbon goals.
Related priorities to address:
UK Work and Pensions Secretary David Blunkett: Speaking at the recent Skills Summit, Mr. Blunkett said “an employer-led approach giving people the opportunity to improve their skills in the workplace was necessary, not only to improve their own lives, but to ensure we face the twin challenges of demography and globalisation. Economies that have a flexible workforce and the capacity to adapt will be those which succeed. Our task is to ensure that the working population has the skills and productivity needed to stay competitive”.
Other concrete items of interest to be expected in education and youth during the UK Presidency are:
ACA will continue monitoring developments in the UK presidency.UK Presidency Priorities - Education, Youth and Culture