For the first time in decades, social policies and education are on top of the EU leaders’ agenda and this development should be highlighted. The communication “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture” sets the EC’s vision for how we can create a European Education Area by 2025. This communication was the EC contribution to the Gothenburg Summit on the European Pillar of Social Rights on November 17, 2017, and it was endorsed by the European Council meeting held on December 14, 2017.
EARLALL welcomes this communication, as it addresses important challenges and objectives in view of the future of education in Europe. EARLALL also recognizes the important role that is assigned to the regions and local authorities in the definition of education and culture policies through the subsidiarity principle.