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Study group on education and training

The European Commission, DG XXII, has published the report, "Accomplishing Europe through education and training", of the Study Group on Education and Training, set up by the Commission in 1995 with the aim of studying in greater depth the actions outlined in the Commission's ...
The European Commission, DG XXII, has published the report, "Accomplishing Europe through education and training", of the Study Group on Education and Training, set up by the Commission in 1995 with the aim of studying in greater depth the actions outlined in the Commission's White Paper on Education and Training.

The group consisted of 25 experts, from a variety of interested sectors, including companies, trade unions, schools, vocational training bodies, adult education and universities. The group had a wide-ranging mandate and discussed subjects on its own initiative as well as at the request of the Commission.

In particular, the group had a major input into the White Paper on Education and Training, and into the programme for the European Year of Lifelong Learning. The recently published report of the group is primarily concerned with the topics discussed on the groups own initiative. The group were concerned with developments in the Information Society and their application to education and training, and the implementation of European support programmes. The report calls for European contributions to:

- Relations between general and vocational education and training;
- The definition and comparability of acquired competencies/skills;
- The definition and acquisition of new occupational profiles.

The group calls for the EU to proclaim a general aim, as a basis for education and training systems, and to enshrine it in the Treaty or another legal foundation. This should be backed up by the necessary funding, with the group stating that, for Europe to be placed among the highest educational standards in the world, it would be necessary to devote a full percentage point of GDP in addition to current education spending.
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