Germany prepares to relaunch the EU's Lisbon Agenda without highlighting the key role that education must play to reach the Lisbon objectives.
When heads of state agreed on the Lisbon Agenda and goals in 2000, they asked for "not only a radical transformation of the European economy, but also a challenging programme for the modernisation of social welfare and education systems". They also said that by 2010, Europe should be the world leader in terms of the quality of its education and training systems.
To achieve these goals, however, all member states will need to fundamentally change their education and training systems. Such change could be brought forward by co-ordination between member states (joint definition of the objectives, common benhmarking, exchange of bes
Even though Germany has set the relaunch of the Lisbon Strategy as one of its top priorities, no new initiative is set to be put forward on education by the end of July 2006.
The 'Lisbon relaunch' will instead focus on better regulation, with Germany bringing the current EU initiatives forward, linked to the Bologna process follow-up ministerial conference in May 2007 and the consultation on the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) practice)...