25.02.2015

Commissioner Malmström answers to EAEA’s concerns on TTIP

After hearing rumors suggesting that adult education would be part of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), EAEA wrote to Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström last November, to ask for her support in excluding adult education from TTIP. EAEA believes that adult education is a public good and that it should not be part of any trade agreement.

In her letter, Commissioner Malmström underlines that “the Commission is fully aware of the sensitivity of the education sector and will therefore continue to provide the necessary protection for the sector”. Concerning the investor-state-dispute-settlement (ISDS) in TTIP, the Commissioner highlighted that “neither the European Commission, nor EU Member States or the European Parliament would consider an agreement that would lower our standards or limit our government’s right to regulate.”

EAEA will continue to follow-up the developments of the TTIP negotiations in the upcoming months and advocate for the exclusion of education and public services in general in the TTIP agreement.

Text: EAEAPhotos: EAEA

16.07.2024 access

Making Education Accessible and Inclusive for Families, Parents and Family Carers: COFACE and EAEA call for a ‘Family Test’ in EU Education and Training Policies

In the context of the European Commission public consultation on the European Education Area, COFACE Families Europe and EAEA call for a 'family test' in EU education and training programmes. Such a test aims to ensure that programmes are designed with the work-life balance of families in mind so that parents and family carers can receive extra support if needed and more flexible education and training formats which reflect their caring realities. This ‘family perspective is currently missing from many EU education programmes, affecting a large share of people in the EU, especially in vulnerable situations.

09.07.2024 access

Supporting adult education opportunities for learners and employers: contribute to the RALExILA research!

Do you want to contribute to shaping adult education opportunities in your country and in Europe? We are currently researching employers and adult education learners needs and experiences in the process of choosing, supporting and acquiring adult education opportunities and we would be happy to have your valuable insight through a short survey!

03.07.2024 Democracy

EAEA Annual Conference 2024: We need a forward-looking vision with roots on the ground

The EAEA Annual Conference 2024 focused on adult learning's role in societal transformation and active citizenship. The conference underscored collaboration and lifelong learning's crucial role in shaping inclusive and sustainable futures globally.