Do you want to give us your opinion on EU policies and influence their direction? Take part in shaping European policy by responding to our consultations - we are very interested in hearing your views and learning from your experience.
Consultation on "Opening up Education – a proposal for a European Initiative to enhance education and skills development through new technologies"
The objective of the consultation is to explore the perceived need - mainly but not exclusively among education and training stakeholders – for EU action to promote the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and of ICT in education.
New technologies, in particular the internet, together with globalisation and the emergence of new education providers, are radically changing the way people learn and teach. Open access to education resources offers an unprecedented opportunity to enhance both excellence and equity in education. The EU aims to help both individual learners and education and training institutions in Member States to benefit from these opportunities and to increase their contribution to society.
In the last quarter of 2012, the Commission will present a Communication on Rethinking Skills aiming to increase the quantity, quality and relevance of skills supply for higher economic and social outcomes. This will, among other actions, announce a new EU Initiative on "Opening up Education": a proposal to exploit the potential contribution of ICTs and Open Educational Resources (OER) to education and skills development. This new EU initiative on "Opening up Education" will be the topic of a subsequent Communication in mid-2013.
Towards a more innovative Europe: public consultation on the future strategy for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
The European Commission is seeking your views on the future strategy of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Following the success of the EIT's initial phase, the results of this consultation will feed into a 'Strategic Innovation Agenda' (SIA) for the EIT which the Commission is due to propose by the end of this year. The agenda will outline the Institute's main priorities until 2020, focusing on the EIT's mission and objectives, funding and future priority themes for its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).
The consultation will remain open until 30 June 2011. The results will be analysed and summarised in a report that will be published on this website in the second semester of 2011.
All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from stakeholders at European, national and regional level involved in the knowledge triangle, i.e. higher education, research and business/innovation as well as public authorities.
Towards the Youth on the Move card: What is needed to increase the mobility and participation of young people in Europe?
We would like to hear your opinion on youth cards in light of preparations for one of the top 10 targeted actions of the Youth on the Move flagship initiative: the Youth on the Move card. The Youth on the Move card should facilitate both the mobility and participation for all young people.
There are already several cards that currently support young people in different ways, in the field of, for example, mobility or culture, offering discounts, access to information and networking opportunities. The idea behind the YoM card is not to replace these cards, but rather to build on and cooperate with these cards, possibly in the form of a label. This label could add real European value by offering more discounts, access to information and online networks, and new features such as smartcard technology. Hereby giving the cards a practical, social, and legal value for its users (anyone between 13 and 30 years old in Europe).
This consultation is intended to collate input from all stakeholders, in order to get feedback on the use of existing youth cards, to hear about users' experiences with current cards and to learn about expectations for possible new features and challenges for the future Youth on the Move card. The consultation, only 18 questions in English, will take you less than 5 minutes and will be online until 3 June 2011!
Public consultation on the future EU MEDIA Mundus Programme
Commission seeks your view on future MEDIA Mundus programme - A broad international cooperation programme for the audiovisual industries. Give your views on the future EU MEDIA Mundus Programme by taking part in the online public consultation – now open!
The European Commission launched the public consultation on the future EU MEDIA Mundus Programme on this website on 7 March 2011. This consultation, which is part of a wider consultation aimed at gathering views to be taken into account in the Commission's proposal for a new MEDIA Programme, will be open until 29 May 2011.
The results of this consultation will be analysed and summarised in a report that will be published on this website in the second half of 2011.
Consultation on priorities for modernisation of higher education in Europe: education, research and innovation
Europe 2020 - the EU's strategic agenda for growth - stresses the vital role of the
European higher education sector in developing human capital and driving research and innovation in the knowledge economy. As part of its efforts to help develop higher education in Europe, the European Commission plans to adopt a new
Communication on the modernisation of higher education in the third quarter of 2011. This will provide strategic direction for the development of European higher education in the next ten years, including in the areas of education, research and innovation. This new Communication will review progress towards the objectives set out in the 2006 Communication on modernisation higher education and propose action to respond to the challenges of the new decade.
To help prepare the new Communication, the European Commission is currently undertaking a wide-ranging consultation with stakeholders in European higher education. As part of this, we would like to invite you to complete a
short online questionnaire, asking for your views on priorities for higher education, including its research and innovation dimensions, in the period up to 2020.
The questionnaire will take around 10 minutes to complete.
The questionnaire will be open until 15 March 2011. You can complete it in English, French or German.
Public consultation on the promotion and validation of non-formal and informal learning
The Commission has launched a public consultation on possible future action to support the promotion and validation of non-formal and informal learning (more details). The aim is to collect views on whether further action is needed, if so, what type of action is required and which policy priorities should be given attention.
The consultation will remain open until 9 February 2011. The results will be analysed and summarised in a report that will be published on this website in the first semester of 2011.
All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from stakeholders at European, national and regional level involved in the delivery and/or validation of non-formal and informal learning
Public consultation on the future of the European Capitals of Culture
The Commission launched a public consultation on the future of the European Capitals of Culture, for which the current scheme lasts until 2019. The online consultation will remain open until 12 January 2011. The results will be analysed and summarised in a report that will be published on this website in the first semester of 2011.
In addition to the online consultation, a public meeting open to all interested individuals and organisations will be held in Brussels on 2 March 2011. Further information on the meeting will be published on this website in early December.
Public consultation on next-generation EU programmes – education, training and youth policy
The European Commission is launching public
consultations on 3 planned programmes, due to replace 3 existing
programmes from the beginning of 2014:
The consultations will be open until 30 November 2010.
Results of the consultations will be published on DG EAC's
website. The results reports will give a consolidated and
anonymous analysis of inputs received and indicate how the
Commission will take them into account in preparing its
proposals for the new programmes.
The new programmes should support the Europe 2020 strategy,
which promotes an economy based on knowledge, research and
innovation, high levels of education and skills, adaptability
and creativity, inclusive labour markets and the active
involvement of young people in society.
In line with Europe 2020, the programmes should help Europeans:
adapt to a labour market where a great majority of jobs require a high or medium level of skills, and there are fewer and fewer jobs for people without solid professional training
operate in society where more and more people go online to access services and perform everyday tasks
acquire certain key skills – languages, entrepreneurship and intercultural understanding – that are increasingly relevant for both work and life.
The consultations are also part of the Commission’s coordinated review of its programmes – with a view to the next Financial Framework (medium-term spending priorities ), due to start in 2014.
Commission seeks your view on future MEDIA programme of support for the European audiovisual sector
Give your views on the future EU MEDIA Programme by taking part in the online public consultation – now open!
The European Commission launched the public consultation on the future EU MEDIA Programme on this website on 24 September 2010.
This consultation, which is part of a wider consultation aimed at gathering views to be taken into account in the Commission's proposal for a new MEDIA Programme, will be open until 30 November 2010.
The results of this consultation will be analysed and summarised in a report that will be published on this website in the first quarter of 2011.
Consultation on a future European Union Culture Programme
The consultation is open to individual citizens, public and private bodies, local/regional authorities, ministries and relevant stakeholders in the field of culture both inside and outside the EU and in the European institutions and associations.
Period of consultation: from 15.09.2010 to 15.12.2010
Objective of the consultation: to gather input on the next round of the culture programme after 2013, especially its objectives, activities and types of support.
This online consultation is just one part of the wider public consultation, responses to which will be taken into account in the Commission's proposal for a new culture programme (to be adopted by the European Parliament and Council), following an assessment of possible social, economic and environmental impacts.
Consultation on the Green Paper on Promoting the Learning Mobility of Young People
With this Green Paper the Commission raises a wide number of
issues linked to the opportunities for young Europeans to go
abroad for learning, studying, volunteering or work experiences.
All interested parties are welcome to contribute to this
debate and put forward their options for the future.
Responses to this Green Paper will be collected at two
First, the Commission invites stakeholders to provide
responses to the open questions raised in the text, as well as
further reflections and examples of good practice. You can send
your contributions via e-mail to
email@example.com or to:
Second, there is an on-line
multiple-choice questionnaire, tailored to the wider public.
Please note that the public consultation period ended on 15
December 2009 (more information). The feedback to the public
consultation will allow the Commission to prepare a proposal for
the practical follow-up on the issue.
Consultation on EU plans for a European heritage label
The European Heritage Label was launched as an intergovernmental initiative by several European states in 2007. It aims to "strengthen the support of European citizens for a shared European identity and to foster a sense of belonging to a common cultural space". To date, 60 sites located in 18 European states have obtained the European Heritage Label. Seventeen of these states are Member States of the European Union.
At its meeting on 20 November 2008, the Council of Ministers adopted conclusions inviting the European Commission to submit to it an appropriate proposal to transform the current intergovernmental European Heritage Label into a formal European Union initiative. The aim of "europeanising" the Label in this way is to improve its operational efficiency, enhance its impact and also enable it to take on a new dimension.
In line with its procedures, the European Commission has launched an impact assessment, which includes a public consultation.
An on-line consultation was open from 20 March to 15 May 2009. To view the results, please click here.
An EU-wide public consultation on the future of youth policy
Europe's present and future lie with its young people, and government policies meant to serve them must stay tuned to their ever-changing needs.
That also goes for action by the European Union. The aim of this consultation is to help us evaluate what European cooperation on youth policy has achieved since 2000 and propose fresh objectives for the decade to come.
Opening of the public consultation on selection criteria for the EIT Governing Board
The ad-hoc Identification Committee, set up by the Commission in January, launched on Monday 10th March 2008 an open consultation on the main criteria to be taken into account in identifying potential members for the EIT Governing Board.
This first stage will consist of a public consultation where EIT stakeholders and the general public will be invited to comment and / or expand on the proposed criteria for the selection of the EIT's initial Governing Board. lease note that the closing date for submissions is Friday 28th March 2008.
In autumn 2008, the Commission will adopt a
Communication on multilingualism, with proposals for
actions that further promote language learning and
linguistic diversity, and address citizens' needs as
efficiently as possible. To this end, an online
consultation was launched in autumn 2007 (15 September –
15 November), inviting organisations and individuals to
write their views and expectations concerning language
The 2,419 contributions received were analysed and
the outcomes are presented in the form of a report.
Public hearing with stakeholders about
As a further step in the consultation process, the
Commission organised a public hearing, in Brussels on 15
April 2008, to discuss the main themes that emerged from
the online survey with experts and organizations
involved in language learning and promoting linguistic
diversity. The outcomes of the discussions as well those
of the online consultation will be reflected in the
Commission Communication on Multilingualism, to be
published in September 2008.
The public hearing gathered together 167 stakeholders
representing mainly education and cultural institutions and
organisations as well as various regional and national
authorities and non-governmental organisations. For consulting
the full list of participants, please click here.
Participants were free to raise questions during the open
discussion on any aspects regarding the treatment of languages
within the EU. The workshop sessions focussed on the following
three main themes: the role of languages in intercultural
dialogue and social inclusion; languages for employability and
competitiveness and the new challenges in language learning
within and outside formal education systems.
The summary and the conclusions of the discussions can be
Commissioner Leonard Orban: Making the most of Europe's
Mr Jacques De Decker: A rewarding challenge - How the
multiplicity of languages could strengthen Europe
Attention: deadline for sending
contributions extended until 15 December!
This public consultation addresses all those interested in the development of school education in Europe. The Commission's consultation document raises a series of issues that are deemed to be crucial for schools in Europe (such as schools and key competences, schools and social inclusion and the role of teachers, among others) on which contributions are sought. The deadline for the consultation is 15 October 2007.
This public consultation is addressed to all
those involved and with an interest in the Erasmus Mundus
programme. It is one of the steps towards preparing the future
of the programme. The consultation addresses the issues of needs
and programme objectives, programme design as well as programme
funding and implementation.
The Commission wants to gain a full picture of
the needs, ambitions and preferences of everyone concerned. The
consultation will inform the Commission's position regarding the
shape of the new Erasmus Mundus programme, which it will put
forward in summer 2007.
In the preparation of the Communication the Commission intends to take the views of stakeholders fully into account .
Therefore, we invited stakeholders (in particular organisations and individuals active in the cultural sector, including cultural industries) to express their views and opinions on the questions to be raised in the Communication. We would like to thank all participants in the online consultation.
The objective of the planned ECVET is to
create a European device which will facilitate the transfer,
validation and recognition of learning outcomes acquired by
individuals moving from one learning context to another or from
one qualification system to another, in particular during a
mobility period, and who wish to obtain a qualification. ECVET
will be used on a voluntary basis
'Your Voice in Europe' is the European Commission's 'single access point' to a wide variety of consultations, discussions and other tools which enable you to play an active role in the European policy-making process.