Tiago Brandão Rodrigues Minister for Education of Portugal EU debates in Brussels

Tiago Brandão Rodrigues Minister for Education of Portugal EU debates in Brussels. EU Ministers for Education, Youth, Culture and Sports meet, on 17 and 18 May 2021, in Brussels. https://www.eudebates.tv/debates/eu-p… The meeting is co-chaired by Tiago BRANDÃO RODRIGUES, Minister of Education of Portugal and Manuel HEITOR, Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal. Ministers discuss equity and inclusion in education and training, the European Universities initiative and participation of young people in decision-making processes. They also focus on the sustainability of the creative sector, the media and audiovisual action plan and sport innovation.

Ministers met in Brussels to discuss equity and inclusion in education and training, the European Universities initiative and participation of young people in decision-making processes. They also focus on the sustainability of the creative sector, the media and audiovisual action plan and sport innovation.

Education and Youth, 17 May

In the morning, education ministers will discuss evolving scenarios for the transformation of EU higher education.

Expected outcomes for education are:
approval of conclusions on equity and inclusion in education and training to promote educational success for all
approval of conclusions on the European Universities initiative

Education ministers also attend a working lunch with the participation of Commissioners Schmidt and Gabriel on the subject of adult education, and in particular the renewal of the European agenda for adult learning.

Youth

In the afternoon, youth ministers will discuss a rights-based approach to youth policies, focusing on how to develop youth policies that can tackle the multiple challenges that young people are facing and that were aggravated by the COVID-19 crisis.

Expected outcomes for youth are:
approval of conclusions on strengthening multi-level governance when promoting the participation of young people in decision-making processes

Youth issues will also be discussed at an informal breakfast meeting, held in the context of the EU Youth Dialogue. EU ministers of the current trio presidencies as well as France, will exchange views with Commissioner Gabriel and representatives from European youth organisations.

Culture and Audiovisual

In the morning, ministers will discuss diversification of funding sources and mechanisms for the safeguarding and protection of European cultural heritage.

Expected outcomes for culture and audiovisual:
approval of conclusions on the recovery, resilience and sustainability of the cultural and creative sectors
approval of conclusions on Europe’s media in the Digital Decade: an action plan to support recovery and transformation in the media and audiovisual sectors
Sport

In the afternoon, sport ministers will hold a debate on sport diplomacy focusing on how sport can promote Europe’s interest and values in the world. They are also expected to approve conclusions on sport innovation.

The presidency will provide an update on the state of play of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education and training, and sport.

The EU representative of the future trio presidency in the WADA Foundation board will inform ministers about the next WADA meetings to be held on 20-21 May 2021 in Montreal (Canada).

The Spanish delegation will address the impact of video-on-demand (VOD) platforms on the EU audiovisual market, particular on the relationship between the different actors in the value chain.

The German delegation will inform about culture policy perspective on the negotiations amending the VAT directive, especially considering taxation of the art trade.

The Slovenian delegation will inform on the designation of the European capital of culture for 2025.

The Commission will inform on the “Healthy Lifestyle 4 All” initiative which is planned to be launched in September 2021.

Finally, the Slovenian delegation will also present the work programme and priorities of their incoming presidency (second half of 2021) in the areas of education, youth, culture and audiovisual, and sport.

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