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Abstract

At the European Council in March 2000 in Lisbon, Europe set itself a strategic goal for the next decade �to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion�. To achieve this ambitious goal, Heads of States and Government asked for �not only a radical transformation of the European economy, but also a challenging programme for the modernisation of social welfare and education systems�. This was then translated into specific actions such as those under the Education and Training 2010 programme in order �to improve the quality and effectiveness of EU education and training systems; to ensure that they are accessible to all; and to open up education and training to the wider world.�
To realise these objectives, it is acknowledged that a fundamental transformation of education and training (E&T) throughout Europe is needed. This transformation must encompass all the ingredients that make up current education and training systems. A recent mid-term evaluation of the modernisation of E&T recognises that progress is being made by the Member States, but observes that further steps towards realising change for the development of the Knowledge-Based Society (KBS) need to be taken.
There is an urgent need for change, not only to maintain existing levels of education and training in the population, but also to develop the new skills and competences required if Europe is to remain competitive and grasp new opportunities. The development of the information society and the wide-spread diffusion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) give rise to new digital skills and competences that are necessary for employment, education and training, self-development and participation in society.

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Authors: PUNIE Y, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES);CABRERA M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES);BOGDANOWICZ M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES);ZINNBAUER D, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES);NAVAJAS E, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 22218 EN (2006), 90 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-01902-3
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