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Commission creates a high-level group on education and training to fight unemployment

The G7 Summit in Halifax emphasized that education and training must respond more closely to the growing needs of the labour market, to ensure increased levels of employment. In this context, Mrs. Cresson, Commissioner for education and training, requested the Commission to es...

The G7 Summit in Halifax emphasized that education and training must respond more closely to the growing needs of the labour market, to ensure increased levels of employment. In this context, Mrs. Cresson, Commissioner for education and training, requested the Commission to establish a high-level group to determine what adjustments will be needed to Europe's educational and training systems to ensure that these objectives are fulfilled. Education and training feature high amongst the main priorities of the European Union. In line with the Commission's 1995 work programme for 1995, a White Paper is to be produced on this subject by the end of 1995. As well as implementing existing programmes, such as LEONARDO DA VINCI (professional training) and SOCRATES (education), the Commission is seeking to integrate education and training more fully in Community policies which aim to increase employment and competitiveness. The new high-level group will function for two years and will concentrate initially on the following issues: - Education and training in a society and an economy based on knowledge gained throughout the educational cycle, including pre-school and adult education; - Better identification of training and competence needs in a society which is increasingly competitive and which requires new working methods; - Contribution to specific programmes of the Fourth RTD Framework Programme; - The importance of training at all levels in the context of a Europe which encourages mobility; - The contribution which the new information technologies and multimedia systems, in particular educational software, can make to education and initial training; - Education and training for the information society; - The implementation of flexible methods of certifying professional competence; - The creation of schools which offer a second chance to people with inadequate skills; - The development of networks between universities, training centres and businesses to ensure that the best experiences in training and education are made known in Europe; - The development of European Masters programmes in certain subjects on the basis of university agreements and mobility of teaching staff; - The international dimension.