Proposal for a COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning

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Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 23/03/2018

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No Important information to exchange

No Veto

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Referred to Committees on:

European Union Questions
Labour, Integration and Social Policy
Women and Youth

Cultural Affairs

Economic Affairs

Lisbon Treaty procedures
  Political Dialogue

23/03/2018 | Scrutiny results - COM20180024

The Bundesrat supports the proposal’s aim to encourage the lifelong development of key competences for all, and, generally, the update of the Recommendation. The Bundesrat emphasizes that education should aim for a holistic development of personalities and expansion of individual skills. The Bundesrat appreciates the fact that this understanding permeates the Commission’s proposal, replacing the previous utilitarian understanding and taking up repeated calls by the Bundesrat. The Bundesrat views positively that the proposal respects the existing structure of the current framework and carefully updates it.

The Bundesrat emphasizes the usefulness of entrepreneurial experiences in school. However, the nature of these is determined by teachers on the basis of curricula. A blanket recommendation of at least one entrepreneurial experience does not seem reasonable in this regard.

The Bundesrat criticizes the tendency towards EU-wide regulation of content and procedures that imply the risk to undermine the Member States’ competencies. This is especially the case for Nos. 6 to 8 of the proposal. The Bundesrat rejects an assessment of key competencies and validation procedures on an EU level. Further, the Bundesrat rejects reporting requirements, as they do not present an added value and instead create unreasonable administrative extra work. The Bundesrat is critical of the creation of further reference frameworks without prior evaluation of their necessity and added value. Towards guiding principles on new forms of learning as well, the Bundesrat is critical. This is also the case with regard to the so-called scoreboard as it must not pre-determine any decision on the introduction and content of future definitions of benchmarks and indicators.

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