The 2015 Joint Report on the implementation of the Strategic Framework for European cooperation in Education and Training (ET2020) was adopted by European Education Ministers at the EYCS (Education, Youth, Culture and Sport) Council earlier this week. Following an intense advocacy push from the PL2020 team, persuading EU policy-makers of the significant contribution of libraries in the field of education, two mentions of public libraries have been integrated into the report. These references highlight the role of libraries as open learning environments in digital upskilling, developing innovative pedagogies and promoting social inclusion.
The Joint Report will serve as the basis for the EU's education and training policy for the next 5 years. The references to public libraries puts us in a strong position to advocate for more emphasis to be placed on their contribution to the EU's priorities (in particular lifelong learning, digital inclusion and social inclusion) in upcoming policy documents and initiatives.