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    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    Sport Council – Debate on the educational potential of sport for young people, including young migrants

    The European Ministers for Sport met in Brussels on 24 November 2015 during the second day of the 'Education, Youth, Culture and Sport' Council. The Ministers adopted conclusions on the promotion of motor skills, physical and sport activities for children as well as conclusions aimed at strengthening the EU's position in the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Ministers also held a debate on the educational potential of sport for young people, including young migrants. Romain Schneider, who chaired the Council, described sport as a 'very important pillar' and a 'springboard' that can provide opportunities for young people.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    Education and Youth Council – The prevention of radicalisation dominated ministerial debates

    Ministers of Youth and Education for EU Member States met on 23 November 2015 in Brussels for the first part of the 'Education, Youth, Culture and Sports' Council. Following the tragic events in Paris on 13 November 2015, the Ministers discussed the need to prevent radicalisation by reinforcing social inclusion and preventing the marginalisation of young people. Claude Meisch, Minister for National Education, Childhood and Youth, chaired the Council. During the press conference, he remarked that the Ministers examined how education, schools, childcare facilities and youth initiatives could contribute towards preventing such 'barbaric acts'.

    • Council Meeting · Background notes
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport

    Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council - Background brief Presidency discussion paper: The role of youth policy and youth work with regards to migration - supporting intercultural awareness and the integration of migrants Acting together against the destruction and illicit

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    Joint declaration of the Ministers for Culture of the European Union, of the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and of the President of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament

    "The tragic events of 13 November 2015 in Paris once again plunge the European Union into mourning. They are a wake-up call. As the Ministers for Culture of the European Union and senior Representatives of the EU institutions, we wish to express our solidarity with the victims and their loved ones, and with the French people as a whole. We also wish to reiterate our condemnation of this senseless barbarity which seeks to undermine our essential values in the most violent way. Faced with such violence and attempts to disrupt our ways of life, our beliefs and our freedoms, culture - even more so than in the past - has a crucial contribution to make towards opening minds and promoting tolerance, intercultural dialogue, social integration and mutual respect. One of the foremost responses which Europe should provide to intolerance, xenophobia, obscurantism, fanaticism of all kinds and radicalisation lies in culture."

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    Conference on Dual Careers of Athletes – Romain Schneider spoke in favour of the best possible provision for balancing sport with study and the best possibilities for training and transition for a post-sports career

    Within the framework of Luxembourg's Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), the Ministry of Sport, working together with the European Commission and Sportlycée Luxembourg, organised an international conference on promoting the dual career of athletes. It was held on 20 November 2015 in Munsbach. The meeting, which brought together experts, sportspeople and politicians, set out to report on work done at European level on the subject, and to enable exchanges of experience and ideas between those involved, with a view to identifying plans for progress "on all aspects of a subject which is one of our Presidency's priorities", as emphasised by Romain Schneider, Minister for Sports, who gave the opening address at the conference.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • General Affairs, Territorial Cooperation
    A General Affairs Council dedicated to cohesion policy

    On 18 November 2015, Camille Gira, Secretary of State for Sustainable Development chaired the General Affairs Council dedicated to issues related to EU cohesion policy. The Council adopted three sets of conclusions: simplification of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF); 25 years of European Territorial Cooperation (Interreg); and the contribution of the ESIF to the shift towards a low-carbon economy. The Council agreed on the possibility for Member States to make use of Interreg to respond to challenges due to the migration crisis.

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    • General Affairs
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    Luxembourg's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, chaired the 'General Affairs Council' (GAC) of the European Union which was held on 17 November 2015 in Brussels. Jean Asselborn said that the agenda for the meeting of the Council was "very busy". It included preparations for the European Council on 17 and 18 December 2015, the first dialogue on the rule of law in the European Union as well as the state of play of negotiations between the Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament on the inter-institutional agreement on improving regulations, called 'Better Legislation'. The Commission presented its work programme for 2016. Finally, the Luxembourg Presidency, in agreement with the future Dutch Presidency of the Council, presented a road map for the 2016 European Semester.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    The Directors General of Vocational Training held a meeting in Luxembourg

    A meeting of the Directors General of Vocational Training was held in Luxembourg on 16 and 17 November 2015 in the context of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Minister for National Education, Childhood and Youth, Claude Meisch, first of all referred to the complex and difficult international context relating to the refugee situation. Claude Meisch believes that it is necessary to prevent a considerable humanitarian disaster through the cooperation of all EU countries. The work of the European Training Foundation (ETF) has shown that in the countries bordering on the European Union, vocational training and education generally contribute actively and sustainably towards integration and social peace within our societies.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs, Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    'Digital Economy Conference: Let’s be ready for the new jobs!' - Experts discussed the investment in human capital

    The second day of the event 'Digital Economy Conference: Let’s be ready for the new jobs!' organised by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, in cooperation with the European Commission, was held in Luxembourg on 11 November 2015. On this occasion, the panel of experts was asked to discuss investment in human capital to deal with the ongoing digital revolution. The Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Nicolas Schmit, concluded the conference by calling for reflection on 'anew digital deal'.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    School education in turbulent times - Meeting of Directors General responsible for school education in EU Member States

    Under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Ministry for National Education, Children and Youth organised a meeting of the Directors General responsible for school education in the EU Member States. The meeting took place in Luxembourg on 26 and 27 October 2015. The Minister, Claude Meisch, opened the meeting by emphasising that, considering the current situation faced by the European Union in terms of migration flows, the education systems must remain flexible enough to adapt accordingly.

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    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    'Family Learning' Conference - Marc Hansen highlighted the importance of family learning to 'break the vicious cycle of intergenerational transmission of poor literacy and academic failure'

    On 22 October 2015, several European officials and key players in education and adult learning met in Luxembourg for a conference entitled 'Family Learning – Best Practices Across Europe'. Organised by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, this conference is part of the implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning and the Education and Training 2020 strategic framework. The participants discussed policies and 'best practices' of family learning activities in different EU Member States. The goal of family learning activities is to allow parents to accompany children and adolescents in their learning while reacquainting themselves with education and training. In his introductory speech, Luxembourg's Secretary of State for National Education, Children and Young People, Marc Hansen, stressed the crucial role of parents and family in the education and training of their children.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport

    The European conference "Family Learning: Best Practices Across Europe" was held at the Tramschapp in Luxembourg on 22 and 23 October 2015, within the framework of the European Agenda for Adult Learning, under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU. We have set out its conclusions here.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    “Inclusive education: Take action!” - 250 young Europeans met in Luxembourg and laid down recommendations for more inclusive education

    On 16 October 2015, 250 young Europeans met in Luxembourg where they had the opportunity to express their views and propose recommendations for inclusive education. The participants, aged between 14 and 25 years, with and without special educational needs, were invited to outline how their school takes care of them and to provide concrete examples about the way in which their teachers and classmates deal with their needs. The Luxembourg Minister for Education, Children and Youth, Claude Meisch, opened the event organised by the Luxembourg Presidency in cooperation with the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education. The recommendations formulated by the young people will be presented to the Ministers who will be meeting at the "Education, Youth, Culture and Sport" Council on 23 November 2015.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • General Affairs

    The EU Member State Ministers in charge for European affairs met in Luxembourg, on 13 October 2015, during the "General Affairs" Council (GAC), focused on preparations for the European Council on 15 and 16 October 2015. On this occasion, the Ministers also looked at the European Commission agenda and noted the progress on an interinstitutional agreement on better regulation. The meeting was chaired by the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs, General Affairs
    In a letter addressed to Donald Tusk, Jean Asselborn informs the President of the European Council about the progress made by the JHA Council in the management of the migrant and refugee crisis

    In view of the European Council to be held on 15 and 16 October 2015 in Brussels, Jean Asselborn, the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Minister for Asylum and Immigration, who presides the "Justice and Home Affairs" Council (JHA), sent a letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, to inform him on the progress made by the JHA Council in the management of the migrant and refugee crisis since the informal meeting of the European Council on 23 September 2015.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • General Affairs
    Jean Asselborn to chair the

    The General Affairs Council (GAC) on 13 October 2015 will prepare for the meeting of the European Council of 15 and 16 October and will examine the draft conclusions drawn up in preparation for this meeting of Heads of State and government. The Ministers will then discuss the European Commission work programme for 2016. Finally, Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, who will chair the meeting, will provide his counterparts with information on the status of progress on an interinstitutional agreement (IIA) to improve regulation.

  • Updated 15-07-2015