EEE-YFU position paper on Key Competences

In view of the revision of the 2006 Key Competences Framework, EEE-YFU released its position paper calling for better recognition and inclusion of global competence.


The European Commission is going to review the 2006 Key Competences Framework, a very important tool that set guidelines for educational systems across Europe. This framework identifies and describes 8 key competences: communication in a mother tongue; communication in a foreign language; mathematical, scientific and technological competence; digital competence; learning to learn; social and civic competences; sense of initiative and entrepreneurship; cultural awareness and expression.


We believe that EEE-YFU should have a say in this review process. In addition to responding to the public consultation launched by the European Commission, we also prepared a position paper on the revision of the Key Competences Framework that reflects EEE-YFU position on this topic, which is going to be shared with partners, networks, and decision makers.


In our position paper, we call for:


Better recognition and inclusion of global competence in the Key Competences Framework – The current definition of social and civic competences does not adequately reflect the global dimension that any kind of social and civic participation entails in our increasingly interconnected society. While putting strong focus on Europe, the current framework does not appropriately recognise the interdependence between local, national, European, and global realities.


Alignment with other frameworks for assessment – The inclusion of “global competence” in the European Key Competences Framework (suggested above) would also allow pertinent harmonisation with the OECD’s PISA assessment. In 2018, the first PISA assessment of global competence will offer a comprehensive overview of educational system’s success in equipping young people to support the development of peaceful, diverse communities.


Inclusion of a proper definition of intercultural competence – In the current framework, intercultural competence is mentioned several times, but no clear and detailed definition is provided. We recommend including its definition under the group of social and civic competences.


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EEE-YFU Position Paper on Key Competences