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Relations between Ukraine and the European Union (EU) are currently defined through European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), a foreign policy instrument of the EU designed for the countries it borders. The EU is making an increasingly close relationship with Ukraine, going beyond cooperation, to gradual economic integration and deepening of political cooperation.

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EU education systems analysed in the European Semeste

strengths and challenges after PISA




















The 27 country reports published 23 of February 2017 track the progress made by EU Member States towards

Europe 2020 targets and the dual goal of growth and jobs.


Following the recently published PISA 2015 results, which showed a decline in science, reading and maths

skills compared to PISA 2012 across the EU as a whole, these reports shine a light on both challenges and

strengths of the education systems and how they affect the labour market and the economy of individual Member States.

In education, the Commission analysed the extent to which the skills produced by education systems are in

line with labour market needs and how they contribute to competitiveness and innovation potential of the countries.

It also focused on measures to reduce the numbers of early school leavers and to increase the share of graduates

from tertiary education. In the wake of PISA, there is a particularly strong focus on low educational performance –

the frequently widening performance gap between low achievers and the rest, the very clear socio-economic basis

for this gap and the particular challenges faced by pupils from a migrant background.



The European Semester is the EU's annual cycle of economic policy coordination. Every year, the Commission

undertakes a detailed analysis of EU countries' budgetary, macroeconomic and structural policies as a basis for

issuing recommendations on key policy priorities for each country. The recommendations will be published by the

Commission in May 2017 and officially adopted by the Council in July 2017.


New report on Structural Indicators for

Inclusive Systems in and around Schools



 Inclusion in education, viewed more comprehensively as inclusive systems in and

around schools, concentrates on supportive, quality learning environments, on welcoming

and caring schools and classrooms, and on preventing discrimination.


It addresses the needs of students in a holistic way (their emotional, physical, cognitive and social needs),

and recognises their individual talents and voices. It is open to the voices and active participation of parents,

and also wider multidisciplinary teams and agencies.

In order to improve social inclusion in education and society, school systems need to change.

Policy-makers and school actors require practical tools to assist them in this process, made all the more urgent

by the EU2020 headline target to reduce early school leaving.


This report develops such practical tools; it is designed to inform strategic policy and practice by offering

an innovative framework of structural indicators for improving inclusion in school. It draws upon key

European Council and Commission policy documents on early school leaving prevention, and also

on the 2015 Paris Declaration on promoting citizenship and common values of freedom, tolerance and

non-discrimination through education, which includes a focus on social marginalization.


Have your say on education in Europe!

Take part in the consultation on key competences for lifelong learning and help develop quality,

future-oriented education and training policies for the EU.


The consultation, which runs until 19/05, is open to all, particularly individuals, organizations, and

policy-makers active in the field of education. More information is available on the consultation page.


The focus of the consultation is on the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning,

which identified eight main skills as essential for personal development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employment.


The consultation is part of a wider review of the Recommendation which began in 2016 and will be completed

at the end of 2017 with the release of a revised key competences framework.


The results will be published in June 2017 on the webpage of the consultation.



The graphic was taken from the Key Competence Network on School Education's Recommendations

for the Integration of 21st Century Competences in School.

School leadership for equity and learning:

take it to the students

A week of education-related events under Maltese EU Presidency was kicked off with a Conference

on School leadership and equity in St. Julian's, Malta, on 16-17 January 2017. Linked to the Presidency theme of equity

and inclusiveness, the purpose of the event was to explore how leadership - by school heads, but also by teachers and

other staff - can contribute to making schools more equitable and inclusive.


Opening the conference, Malta's Minister for Education and Employment, Hon. Evarist Bartolo, pointed to the threat

of formal education becoming obsolete if it does not connect with realities of society and the economy, and to the crucial

role of collaborative school leadership in addressing this issue.


The conference drew strongly on the work of the European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL), an expert

forum supported through the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme from 2011 to 2015. An audience of researchers,

practitioners and policy makers from across Europe and from Malta discussed policy approaches to the professional

development of school leaders, the link between leadership and pedagogy, and the role of school leadership in linking

schools with their local communities. Looking at the role of school leadership for the inclusion of newly arrived migrants,

participants warned that low expectations often have a negative impact on their inclusion and performance.



Conference participants also heard powerful testimonials from pupils, parents, teachers and school leaders from Malta

who shared their views on what, for them, constitutes educational success and inclusivity at school. Students underlined

the role of their peers in establishing a sense of belonging and feeling of being included, as well as the relevance of what

is learned for life outside school. Teachers and school leaders referred to the need for team approaches among staff and

partnerships with parents. More information is available on the Maltese EU presidency website.



Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova sign deals strengthening

political, trade ties to EU














Ukrainian President Petro Poroschenko (pictured above, center) signed the association

agreement with the European Union on the second day of a summit of the bloc's

28 leaders in Brussels on Thursday.

"I think this is one of the most historic days for my country after getting

independence," Poroshenko told reporters as he arrived for the signing ceremony.

"It's an absolutely new perspective for my country."

It was a decision by Kremlin-friendly former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych late last year

to balk at signing the agreements, that in part sparked the country's ongoing crisis.

The two other eastern European leaders who signed deals on behalf of their respective countries

expressed similar sentiments to those of the new Ukrainian president.

"Moldova has made a choice and that choice is definitive: It is that of European

integration," Moldova's Prime Minister Iurie Leanca said.

"Becoming a full member of the unified European family is Georgia's unwavering will,"

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said, adding that it marked "the beginning of a great journey."

The president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy described the signings as making

Friday "a great day for Europe... the European Union stands by your side today more than ever before."

He also said that the accords contained "nothing that might harm Russia in any way" and that

they offered all involved the opportunity "to chart together a safer future."



Ukraine takes one step closer to EU


Six months ago, President Viktor Yanukovych scuppered Ukraine's association agreement with the

European Union. His successor has now signed it, taking Kyiv further away from Russia's influence.





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