EU education policy developments in July – December of 2007
M. Larionova, Vice-rector of the State University – Higher School of Economics, Head of SU-HSE International Organizations Research Institute, PhD in Political Science
The paper highlights the key EU education policy developments reached during the EU Portugal Presidency in July – December of 2007. It describes the number of policy achievements had been made during this period contributing significantly to the future development in higher education area in Europe. Among key policy results are: the adoption by the European Parliament and Council the Recommendation on the establishment of the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning; the adoption of the Council conclusions on improving the quality of teacher education and Council resolution on education and training as a key driver of the Lisbon Strategy. The paper emphasizes the results from the Draft 2008 joint progress report “Delivering lifelong learning for knowledge, creativity and innovation” summarizing the implementation of the “Education and Training 2008 work programme”. It is also highlights the future prospects for the EU and third countries cooperation and strategic partnership development.