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Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture

It is in the shared interest of all Member States to harness the full potential of education and culture as drivers for job creation, economic growth and social fairness as well as a means to experience European identity in all its diversity.

At the Gothenburg Social Summit in November 2017 the Commission shared its vision on how education and culture can support an inclusive, cohesive and competitive Europe.

In January 2018 the European Commission adopted three new initiatives to improve key competences and digital skills of European citizens, to promote common values and pupils' awareness of the functioning of the European Union.

The initiatives are:

  1. A proposal for a Council Recommendation on key competences for lifelong learning
  2. A Digital Education Action Plan
  3. A proposal for a Council Recommendation on common values, inclusive education and the European dimension of teaching

The first European Education Summit brought together around 600 participants, including 21 ministers and state secretaries, to discuss the broad theme of ‘Laying the foundations of the European Education Area: for an innovative, inclusive and values-based education'. The Summit explored the work towards a European Education Area by 2025, basic skills and inclusive education, and the skills that will be needed in the decades to come.