[lg policy] Europe 2020: Language Policy and Training Impact on EU's Employability and Competitiveness

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 1 15:32:15 UTC 2011

Europe 2020: Language Policy and Training Impact on EU's Employability
and Competitiveness

LILAMA Network held in Brussels, on November 24th, the "Europe 2020:
Language Policy and Training impact on EU's Employability and
Competitiveness" conference, where the Network main results were

Representatives from EU delegations in Brussels, network members,
other network organizations (CELAN) and representatives from the
EACEA, Mr. Peter Birch, Head of Sector KA1 & KA2 and DG Education and
Culture, Ms. Kristina Cunningham, Policy Division, attended the event.

LILAMA Best Practices Guide on policy and training initiatives for the
Employability and Competitiveness of Europe, as well as LILAMA
guidelines for the delivery of a European Language Policy Model were
presented to the audience. Such documents will shortly be avaiable at
LILAMA website.

LILAMA Network also issued Policy Recommendations resulting from the 3
years work of the Network which might be valuable to inform the next
EU programming period, 2014-2020. In this sense, it should be
mentioned that the same day the new "Erasmus for All" which will
supersede the current Lifelong Learning Programme, was officially
presented, also in Brussels.

Among addressed Policy Recommendations the following are highlighted:
the further simplification and dissemination of the Common European
Framework of Reference for Languages between companies is encouraged,
the development of specific fora for closing the gap between companies
and language providers, the promotion of tools and methods allowing
companies to reflect on their language strategies and needs, or the
delivery of lifelong learning opportunities to language teachers
leading to the update of their skills.


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