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Ministers Indrek Saar and Mailis Reps will chair the meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council in Brussels

20. November 2017 - 8:15
Euroopa lipud. Foto Georges Boulougouris, Euroopa Komisjon
Euroopa lipud. Foto Georges Boulougouris, Euroopa Komisjon

Today, 20 November, the two-day meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council will begin in Brussels. For the first day, today, Estonian Minister for Education and Research Mailis Reps will chair the sitting of education and youth affairs ministers to approve the conclusions on smart youth work, as well as general education and higher education, and work to come up with a general approach to the proposal for the regulation on the European Solidarity Corps. Tomorrow, Estonian Minister for Culture Indrek Saar will head the meeting of culture and sports ministers to approve conclusions on improving the availability of culture through digital media and on the role of coaches in society. The ministers will also discuss the role of culture in making for cohesive societies, and, together with Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee, the main challenges for sport in the 21st century.

The agenda of the meeting of youth ministers includes approving Council conclusions on smart youth work that concerns digital innovation in the field of youth work. The concept of smart youth work was conceived in Estonia and has become a welcome innovation in the field, in Europe.

For the first time, youth can have a say in the policy debate, which focuses on issues that were launched at the Youth Conference in Tallinn, issues that could affect youth in the future as well as on how the EU could contribute to youth issues. Youth are being offered a chance to participate in the policy debate through social media by using the Twitter hashtag #youthministers.

Youth ministers also want to come up with a general approach to the European Solidarity Corps. The European Solidarity Corps is the European Commission initiative that creates opportunities for young people to volunteer, to participate in self-initiated projects, and to find traineeships and work that embrace solidarity.

The education council begins with an exchange of ideas on efficient strategies for learning environments and extracurricular activities that support the development of children. The meeting is attended by Estonian children and their teachers to introduce the development of robotics skills and the activities of the robotics hobby group in the small Rakke School from Estonia.

The education ministers plan to adopt three documents: the Council recommendation on graduate tracking, Council conclusions on modernising higher education, and Council conclusions on school education and excellent teaching. The ministers will also discuss the future of vocational education. The discussion is introduced by Risto Mäeots, the CEO of Magnetic MRO, Estonias' enterprise of the year 2017. This all will form an important whole with the other issues, because the themes addressed during the Estonian Presidency offer a strategic vision for cooperation in all areas of education.

Tomorrow, 21 November, the Estonian Minister for Culture Indrek Saar will head the council on culture and sports issues. In the morning, the culture council plans to adopt conclusions on promoting the availability of culture through digital means. The conclusions will focus on the role of cultural organisations and their relations with audiences in an ever-changing digital environment. Additionally, the ministers will discuss the role of culture in creating cohesive societies in Europe in the context of increased migration and mobility. The exchange of ideas by the culture ministers will be boosted by the inspirational speech „Culture and creativity – a tool for change and inclusion" by Helen Sildna, the founder of Tallinn Music Week. The council will also get an overview of the state of negotiations on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.

The council of sports ministers will convene in the afternoon, after a meeting between Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee, who will discuss improving cooperation between the European Union, member states and the sports movement. At the sitting following the meeting, the Council, chaired by Estonia, will adopt conclusions on the social role of coaches in society and a resolution on developing the European Union structured dialogue on sports. This is followed by a discussion with IOC President Bach on the main challenges and solutions for sports in the 21st century.


Additional information:

Backround note 
Meeting webpage

Press contacts:

Riina Soobik
Spokesperson / Ministry of Education and Research
+372 5340 0736

Kai-Ines Nelson
Spokesperson / Ministry of Culture
+372 5568 9644

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