The European Commissions calls for investments and recognition of pupil mobility

Increased pupil mobility and recognition of school periods abroad are among the Commission’s policy proposals

The European Commission is proposing to put in place a “European Educational Area” by 2025, to harness the full potential of education and culture in Europe.

In the Communication “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture”, prepared as a contribution to the EU Leaders’ meeting on 17 November 2017 in Gothenburg, the European Commission provides six key policy suggestions that aim to create a Europe in which learning, studying, and doing research would not be hampered by borders.

In fact out of the six proposals included in the Communication, two are mirroring the campaigns that EEE-YFU and its partner organisations have been promoting in the last year, namely RecogniseStudyAbroad and More funding for pupils’ mobility.

In “Making Mobility a reality for all“, the Commission recommends increasing pupil mobility up to 500,000 school pupils through simplified partnerships between schools.

In “Mutual recognition of diplomas“, The Commission suggests working on a Council Recommendation on the mutual recognition of higher education and school leaving diplomas/study periods abroad and indicates May 2018 as the time to publish the proposal for a Council Recommendation.

We welcome these very positive policy developments, with a few suggestions…

EEE-YFU and EFIL prepared a joint position paper, as a reaction to the Commission’s Communication.

While we recognise the importance of the issues raised in the Commission’s Communication, we invite decision-makers to consider a few elements and aspects that can have a strong impact in the implementation of these policy suggestions.

  • The increased funding for pupils mobility should come with an involvement of exchange organisations as partners to assist a variety of schools in applying for and managing Erasmus+ pupil mobility.
  • Council Recommendation should cover also the recognition of study periods abroad that do not result in school diplomas and promote a recognition system that is based on the principle of mutual recognition rather than on a complicated credits’ system, like in the Bologna process.

You can read more in our Joint Position Paper.