Bundesrat

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS on the Digital Education Action Plan

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Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 23/03/2018

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23/03/2018 | Scrutiny results - COM20180022

The Bundesrat recognizes digitization as a topic relevant for all Member States, playing an important role on the EU level. It emphasizes that in the process, it should be the human instead of the technology that is in its focus in order to maintain its sovereign, free and responsible role. Education plays an important part in ensuring this.

It remains unclear to the Bundesrat, what exactly the Commission is aiming at with its plans for closing the “connectivity divide” and how it plans to achieve this. The Bundesrat is critical of the collection of data through the so-called SELFIE instrument. It needs to be ensured that data protection laws are being observed and there are no additional costs to be borne by the Member States. In regards of ESCO, the Bundesrat reminds that the issuance of qualifications and the validation of skills fall exclusively in the Member States’ competence.

The Commission’s proposal envisions the introduction of coding classes to all European schools. Articles 165 and 166 TFEU do not serve as a legal basis to such undertakings and the Bundesrat therefore rejects any of the Commission’s plans to shape curricula and education systems as being clearly beyond the EU’s competencies.

The planned EU-wide platform for digital higher education may serve as a forum for information exchange, enabling peer learning activities in the respective fields and may be an added value. However, the platform must not make any determination as to the content and concrete projects. The Bundesrat deems desirable the introduction of the EU Student eCard until 2025 in the realm of Erasmus+ as it may increase the mobility of students in the EU. However, possession of such an eCard must not be a mandatory requirement for the reception of subsidies, as a multitude of technical, financial and data protection related hurdles need to be overcome. A comprehensive introduction until 2025 is therefore not to be expected.


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