‘Time to deliver: for a fair, green and digital recovery’.
From the 1st of January 2021 until June 2021, Portugal will be presiding over the Council of the European Union for the fourth time. Given the difficult time, with the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic consequences posing unprecedented challenges, the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency will focus on the recovery of the EU and its Member States.
Their main priorities are three:
Promoting a European recovery boosted by the green and digital transitions
Delivering the European Union’s Social Pillar as a key element for ensuring a fair and inclusive green and digital transition
Strengthening the strategic autonomy of a Europe that is open to the world
They will be carried out through 5 main action lines:
Resilient Europe - Promoting recovery, cohesion and European values
Green Europe - Promoting the EU as a leader in climate action
Digital Europe - Accelerating the digital transformation for citizens and businesses
Social Europe - Enhancing and strengthening the European social model
Global Europe - Promoting a Union that is open to the world
What about Education?
Education seems to be a priority, especially lifelong learning, qualifications and skills recognition, innovative teaching methods, inclusion and citizenship. There is a particular interest for inclusive access to education and training, which we welcome hoping it will become a reality.
The improvement of digital education, distance learning and hybrid (online and face-to-face) teaching, and innovative teaching methods are also (obviously and thankfully) top priorities at this moment.
The Portuguese Presidency will focus on the establishment of the European Education Area (EEA) by 2025, the construction of a strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training, as well as initiatives under the New Skills Agenda for Europe and the new Digital Education Action Plan. Finally, it will support young people participation in decision-making processes and in youth policy.
In June there will be the official launch of Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes in Viana de Castelo, to stress the importance of youth mobility and we are surely looking forward to it!
To read the full programme of the Portuguese Presidency and the latest news, visit the official page.