Increasing learning mobility among the EU member states greatly helps to develop national and the EU-wide employability, as well as increasing skills and knowledge experiences for people in the EU-27. Besides, travelling across borders to learn and gain unique socio-economic and cultural experiences serves as an important factor in the EU-wide borderless and interconnected continent.
Alongside existing Commission’s Panel on learning mobility, two other Citizens’ Panels have been set up recently: a) first, Citizens’ Panel on Food Waste was established in Mid-February 2023, and second, b) a Panel on “Virtual worlds” is being in the process of adaptation.
The Commission and the EU member states are working together to achieve their shared vision of establishing a European Education Area by 2025, increasing quality of education and training, inclusion and gender equality, boosting the green and digital transitions, improving the situation of teachers, strengthening the higher education sector, and continuing to promote the EU as a partner in education for countries and regions around the world.
Learning mobility is already a reality for many thanks to Erasmus+ and its predecessor programs, which have offer mobility opportunities in school education for pupils and teachers, in vocational education and training, higher education and adult education, as well as projects for apprentices, young people, youth workers, and sport coaches for many years.
Despite this and although interest in learning mobility is high, citizens in Europe face a range of obstacles in accessing and participating in learning mobility opportunities. Identifying and tackling these obstacles is vital in order to make learning mobility opportunities accessible for everyone.
General reference: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_23_1289
The Commission acknowledged that learning periods abroad for everyone should become a norm, regardless of age, level of education, background and financial means. Consequently, the Commission announced an update of the Learning Mobility Framework in its Work Program for 2023 (see the links below).
In addition to the mentioned Citizens’ Panel, the Commission opened a public consultation for citizens and stakeholders to share their thoughts on the matter. Contributions can be made on the Have your say portal (see the links below), from 8 February to 3 May 2023.
More Information in the following Commission’s links: = Citizens’ Panel on Learning Mobility; = Learning Mobility in the European Education Area; = About the European Education Area; = Erasmus+; = Conference on the Future of Europe; = European Citizens’ Panels: a new phase of citizens’ engagement; and = Commission Work Program 2023.