The Ministry of National Education has organised the Meeting of the High Level Group on Vocational Education and Training, in Bucharest, on 27 – 28 February. This was the first event organised by the Ministry of National Education in the calendar of informal meetings held during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Over 70 experts from the Member States, representatives of the European Commission and the General Secretariat of the European Union’s Council discussed the recommendations and conclusions of the European Advisory Committee on vocational education and training, which were presented in January at the Future of Learning Forum.
“We appreciate the outcomes of efforts made by the committee to highlight the type and extent of the challenges that we shall have to find an answer to as soon as possible. Population reduction, digitalisation and technical developments, the emergence of artificial intelligence, migration are all factors that will influence our society in the future. The magnitude of these challenges requires immediate action. Our vocational education and training systems must provide a solution in terms of the range of competencies required by our citizens to live, work, be active and prosper in a society undergoing profound changes. A careful review of progress made and the current strategic framework is needed to identify positive results and areas of improvement,” Minister Ecaterina Andronescu declared.
For this purpose, the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council supports a comprehensive participatory approach to the entire process of drafting the future European cooperation framework for education and training after 2020, and it considers that the working meeting in Bucharest has had a particularly important role in consolidating cooperation among Member States.
Minister Ecaterina Andronescu also informed that Romania will continue efforts to create the European Education Area, a common interest area that would help make use of opportunities and deal with challenges.
The agenda of the meeting also included a report from the European Commission on initiatives to create the European Education Area before 2025 and two plenary sessions on digital innovation and ensuring quality in education.