The importance of adult education 

Brussels Education Centre and Ellipsgebouw, 16th and 17th October 2018

On the 16th and 17th October, two conferences related to adult education have taken place in Brussels:

  • “Transforming lives, society and adult education through Life Skills”
  • “Transforming lives, society and adult education through outreach, empowerment and diversity"

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H2020 Energy Info Day: Smart citizen-centred energy system and Smart Cities and Communities

Charlemagne building (Brussels), 5th October 2018.

The Horizon 2020 Energy info day took place on the 5th October in Brussels, in the Charlemagne building. It presented the upcoming funding opportunities offered by the EU's H2020 Programme to projects focusing on smart energy systems and smart cities and communities concepts.

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Civil society and municipalities: building sustainability through collaboration

Committee of the Regions (Brussels), 20th September 2018

The conference was organized by ECOLISE and the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee), together with Transition Network and the European Committee of the Regions. Its aim was to discover and to share new ways to support and achieve common objectives through a bottom-up approach, in order to create an equitable, sustainable and low-carbon society. 

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EU budget for the future – the road ahead

European Commission, 12th October 2018

While the final arrangements about Brexit are being processed, the European Commission organized a conference on how to better the distribution of its funds taking into account the further European context. Plenty of European institutions’ members gathered to discuss about this wide issue, giving their point of view about which ones should be, in their opinion, the best areas in which invest European Union’s funds.

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Energy efficiency and energy management: Tailored approach and roadmap for SMEs and other stakeholders

CEN-CENELEC Center (Brussels), 27th September 2018

The conference was celebrated the last 27 of September in CEN-CENELEC Centre, to provide the vision about what is coming in energy efficiency for 2030 in EU territories.The plenary started with a policymaker needs presentation giving the different point of view by the various sectors related.

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Cluster meeting for European Policy experimentation projects 2016
Support for policy reform, initiatives for policy innovation 

European Commission (Brussels), 18th September 2018

Under the Project of EACEA 34/2015 ten European policy experimentation projects were selected in the field of education, training and youth. On the 18 September 2018 participants met for the third time to share information about how their projects, which sometimes are shared with partners from others countries, are going, to expose their difficulties and to try to find common solutions.

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Blended Erasmus + for Higher Education professionals – a leap into the future

European Economic and Social Committee, Brussel, Belgium, 24th October 2018

After two years of implemented some sorts of blended mobility, it was organised by European Economic and Social Committee a conference in order to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the programs behind BEST + (Blended Erasmus Staff Training) as the Alcala Staff Training, the BEST+Lodz – International student experience, and the BEST+ Joensuu – International attractiveness of universities.

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Session about plurilingualism and promotion of minority/regional languages

European Committee of the Regions (Brussels), 25th September 2018

On the 25th September a working session about plurilingualism, intercultural understanding and promotion of minority and regional languages took place in the European Committee of the Regions in order to celebrate the European Day of Languages (26 September).

The event was organised by the Government of Navarra in collaboration with the European Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD), the European Language Equality Network and the European Alliance.

During the event Loránt Vincze, President of European Nationalities, underlined interested aspects such as the difficulties minority languages have to access to European Union. The speech given by Mathieu Berge, member of Nouvelle Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarre Euro region, was also interesting, because he talked about educational projects to develop the use of Basque language in French Basque country, where it is not an official language.

The intervention of Jill Evans, from of the Group of the Greens, member of the European Parliament, also contributed to the debate. He highlighted that the use of minority languages in new media could be a way to promote them and adapt them to a global world in which they could be worthy for matters such as technology and industry.

Finally, Peio Monteano Phd, Royal and General Archive of Navarra, after explaining the origin and development of the Basque language, invited all the attendees to see an exposition about it in which the main old sources of the language were showed.

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