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The European Commission plans to adopt a communication on a European degree in the first quarter of 2024. A future joint European degree could provide a framework to facilitate the development of joint programmes and the delivery of joint degrees offered by multiple higher education institutions across Europe. As a first step, a joint European degree label based on co-created European criteria is being piloted through Erasmus+ projects. Any further steps towards the development of a possible joint ...

Academic freedom is widely acknowledged both as a fundamental value of present-day higher education and science, and as a prerequisite for well-functioning democratic societies. Yet in recent years, major concerns about the state of academic freedom in the European Union have been raised by various stakeholders. The European Parliament launched an annual EP Academic Freedom Monitor in 2022, aimed at helping to strengthen the protection of academic freedom in the European Union. This report presents ...

The mutual recognition of diplomas

EU Fact Sheets 16-01-2024

The freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services are cornerstones of the single market, enabling the mobility of businesses and professionals throughout the EU. In order to implement these freedoms, diplomas and qualifications issued nationally need to be widely recognised. Different measures for harmonisation and mutual recognition have been adopted, and further legislation on the subject is underway.

On 15 November 2023, the Commission adopted a proposal for a Council recommendation on a renewed learning mobility framework. The proposed recommendation, which is a key component of the European education area (EEA), aims to increase opportunities for learning mobility for everyone and invites the Member States to make learning mobility an integral part of all education and learning pathways. It also strives to make Europe as a learning destination even more attractive worldwide. To enhance mobility ...

Citizenship education has become an education policy priority at EU level. The goal is to enable young people to develop self-awareness as members of a social group, and then possibly play a role and become active citizens at local, national or EU level. Similarly, the EU Member States have been placing a stronger focus on the teaching of values such as democracy and tolerance in their national educational policies, although this is not yet translating into practice in a systematic way. School curricula ...

This At a glance note summarises the study providing an analysis of Strand 3, “Citizens’ engagement and participation”, of the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) programme. It analyses the early implementation of this programme Strand and provides a description of the barriers identified. The main finding is that the implementation has been successful overall, although several challenges should be addressed. The study concludes with a set of recommendations.

This study addresses cross-border restitution claims to looted art, considering Nazi-looted art and colonial takings, but also more recent cultural losses resulting from illicit trafficking. Although these categories differ considerably, commonalties exist. The study highlights blind spots in the legal and policy frameworks and formulates recommendations on how these could be bridged. This study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional ...

This At a glance note summarises the study analysing the European Solidarity Corps programme 2021-2027. It covers the early implementation of the programme and provides a description of barriers identified. The main finding is that the implementation of ESC programme has been deemed fairly successful overall, although a number of challenges need to be addressed. The study concludes with a set of recommendations.

This At a glance note summarises the study providing an overview of the implementation to date of the 2021-2027 Erasmus+ programme. It analyses the early programme implementation and provides a description of barriers identified. The main finding is that the programme implementation is progressing well overall, although improvements can be made to the ‘Youth’ part of the funding programme. Administrative shortcomings could also be addressed. The study concludes with a set of recommendations.

The European education area (EEA) is set to become a common space for quality inclusive education and lifelong learning across borders for all EU citizens. The work towards completing the EEA by 2025 has given fresh impetus to education and training policy at EU level. A midterm review of the EEA's implementation, based on the findings of the European Commission's 2022 progress report, is currently underway. In this context, the Commission and the Parliament are hosting a joint event on 10 October ...