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Oona & ACVTDuring two days in December, OBESSU was present as an observer at the Advisory Committee on Vocational Training (ACVT) meeting. The ACVT is a high-level body consisting of the European Commission and ”three members per Member State, representing the interests of the national government, trade unions and employers’ organisations respectively”. This was the third time OBESSU was present at an ACVT meeting.

One interesting topic raised in the discussions was the fact that the VET Unit of the European Commission has moved from DG Education and Culture to DG Employment. OBESSU has previously expressed its concern with this move and at the meeting it seemed that others who were  shared these concerns. However, the Commission assured the participants that the E in VET will not dissappear. Rather, it was explained, the educational approach will be fostered still as essential part of VET.

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OBESSU reaction to Post-2015 SG Synthesis Report: The Road to Dignity by 2030

On the 4th of December, the office of the United Nations Secretary General released a report with the title The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet. Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General On the Post-2015 Agenda.

This report is, as the catchy title indicates, a synthesis of inputs and consultations which will serve as the basis of discussion for the future work on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This Agenda is the process led by the United Nations (UN) to define a global framework for sustainable development to succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals after 2015. Since education is one of the very important aspects of the Post-2015 Agenda, this is of high relevance for OBESSU. Indeed, OBESSU has already been involved in the discussions and aspects of this also featured in our recent campaign on the International Students’ Day.

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OBESSU at the Lifelong Learning Week

LLL-Week-Banner-2014-1024x425From the 2nd to the 11th December, the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) organised the fourth Lifelong Learning Week at the European Parliament, in Brussels. The aim of the event was to discuss around the topic of lifelong learning and bring visibility on the past year’s activities and achievements of the platform and its members. OBESSU, as a member of the platform, took an active part in the event, bringing the school students’ perspective into discussion and workshops.

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