Education, Youth, Culture & Sport Council
16/05/2013 - 17/05/2013
Justus Lipsius building, Brussels, Belgium
Employment and social rights
Council of the EU
At its education session, the Council is due to adopt conclusions on the social dimension of higher education, highlighting the need to develop high quality education and training systems which are also equitable.
In public debate, ministers will also hold a debate on the link between a teaching profession of the highest quality and achieving better learning outcomes.
In its youth configuration, the Council is due to adopt conclusions on:
- maximising the potential of youth policy in addressing the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy, calling in particular for measures to enhance cross-sectoral and inter-institutional cooperation in youth and youth related policy areas and highlighting the importance of increased synergies between instruments and initiatives already in place or recently adopted in the youth field
- the contribution of quality youth work to the development, well-being and social inclusion of young people, aiming to strengthen the cooperation among member states in youth related areas such as health, education, employment, culture and sport, in order to promote the personal and social development of young people, based on their needs and interests.
In this context, ministers will also discuss how quality youth work can contribute to addressing the challenges currently facing Europe's young people. They will be invited to focus on immediate and practical measures that could complement or improve the ones already in place.
At its culture and audiovisual session, the Council is expected to adopt a general approach on the proposal for a decision establishing a Union action for the European Capitals of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033.
Ministers will have an exchange of views on cultural diversity in the context of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which is currently in negotiation. In public deliberation, ministers will also discuss the use of culture as a soft policy option in EU external relations.
In its sport session, ministers will also discuss the role of public authorities in combating increased sophistication of doping in sport. Ministers will also take note of information from the Presidency on the state of play regarding the recommendation for a decision authorising the European Commission to participate, on behalf of the EU, in the negotiations for an international convention of the Council of Europe to combat the manipulation of sports results.
The Council is due to adopt conclusions on dual careers for athletes, which include guidelines to develop and improve the required conditions for successfully combining sporting careers with education or work, establishing specific arrangements for talented and elite athletes throughout Europe.
A presidency briefing, agenda and background note will be published on the Council website closer to the date of the meeting.