Education and Europe: European citizenship

Europe is increasingly leaving its mark on education in the Netherlands. An active approach and a clear direction are badly needed to steer European developments in a way that benefits Dutch education.  

7 June 2004
Europe is increasingly exerting influence on the Dutch education system, primarily through non-mandatory agreements, the most notable of these being the Lisbon strategy. In 2000, European leaders met in Lisbon to agree to raise the educational standard of citizens and improve social cohesion in the EU, The aim was to make sure that by 2010, Europe would be the world's leading knowledge economy.  

Gather and share knowledge on European education policy
If the Netherlands and Europe are to achieve the Lisbon objectives, the Education Council believes that Europe should put less money into agriculture and more into education and research. The Education Council also notes that the government and education institutions still have insufficient knowledge of what Europe can offer them. The Dutch education sector is poorly represented in lobbying circles in Brussels. The Netherlands should therefore establish a representative office in Brussels for Dutch education. This would allow both the national government and lobbyists to stand together at the heart of the decision-making process. Such a centre would also be able to gather all available information on European education policy.