In order to make effective policy-making decisions in the education sector, it is essential to have a solid evidence base. But for now, the mechanisms and data used to do so differed from country to country, making it difficult to shape policies at the European level. 

This report describes the mechanisms and practices that support evidence-based policy-making in the education sector in Europe. It provides an initial mapping of a complex area. It compares institutions and practices in evidence-based policy-making, as well as the accessibility, and mediation, of evidence. The report also presents more detailed information, with specific examples of the use of evidence in policy formulation for each individual country.

Information was provided by Eurydice National Units and covers the 28 EU Member States as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, and Turkey.

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The conference is organized to facilitate funding mobilization for energy projects. The three key pillars that were presented are a more efficient use of public funding, the aggregation of smaller projects and the necessity of de-risking of EE investment. Throughout the conference, a financial market place was established with informational stands of different initiatives and project coordinators, giving the participants the opportunity to be informed and get in contact with organisations working on energy projects.

During this conference, among very qualified speakers, two of them particularly retained our attention. First, Ms Gergana Miladinova explained the point of view of the DG REGIO about the funding available for energy projects from the ESIF. There is a strong focus on low carbon economy in the Cohesion Policy framework. Since it is a rather new field for the Cohesion Policy, the discussion with member states and regions on how to best spend the…

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The Erasmus Programme, which allows thousands of Europeans to spend part of their curriculum in other European countries, is this year turning 30. Even though the reach, the structure and the importance of Erasmus evolved and changed through the years, it is now one of the most popular and successful EU programmes.

When it was first launched in 1987, it had far less importance than today. It only concerned a little more than 3000 students, exchanged students only between Member States of what was then the European Community and lasted a year. Internet was far less developed so the experience was really a big jump in the unknown, without weekly skype conversations with parents and friends. At first, everything was to be build and the participating countries were far from unanimous about supporting the project.

Through the years, however, the Programme gained an enormous popularity amongst students and can be…

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In 2016, 970 000 people took part in the Code Week, that was held in 50 countries from all around the world. A lot of the participants were kids, as the average age was 11, and almost half of them were girls or women. This edition was the fourth, and success was met as the participation represented an increase of 70% compared to 2015.

The organization of the Code Week events and the multiplication of activities and initiatives linked to digital knowledge are consistent with the European Union’s objectives of better education, strengthened innovation and better jobs for the future. As coding is very likely to become indispensable for future jobs, it is important to offer to the younger generations the tools they will need. The goal is to show that anyone can create and build things with code – just as we do with stones, bricks, clay and wood.…

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The Interreg Europe programme will open its third call for application in March 2017. The Application Packages, containing application forms and all necessary documents, will become available as soon as late January. The final deadline is set on June 30th.

The Interreg Europe programme is an important tool of EU’s cohesion policy. By encouraging transnational cooperation all over Europe, the programme aims to develop four axes:

• Research, technological development and innovation

• Competitiveness of SMEs

• Low-carbon economy

• Environment and resource efficiency

Projects oriented on one or several of these axes can apply for Interreg funding. These projects can vary on size, ambition and configuration as long as they contribute to advance towards the overarching objectives mentioned above and as they can show tangible results.

One of the most important dimension of this programme is the international cooperation. As a matter of fact, in order to apply, every…

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The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), based in Budapest, offers an exciting opportunity to develop new knowledge, meet new people and develop a sustainable business project. The institute proposes two Summer Schools, either 3 or 5 weeks long, specially organised to provide the participants the best tools and knowledge available on climate, green technologies and sustainable growth. 

These Summer Schools, which will take the participant on a trip through Europe, are free of charge for any student enrolled in a higher education programme in Europe. During these 3 or 5 weeks, participants will attend courses and lectures given by the best specialists, participate in workshops and exchange ideas, benefit from social events organised for them, meet like-minded people from all around the continent and live an unforgettable adventure.

This journey is therefore a perfect opportunity for a student having sustainable and eco-friendly projects. The Summer School is…

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Mons, a city located in the southern Belgian region of Wallonia, acted in 2015 as European capital of Culture. To this extent, the city underwent through a lot of transformations and investment, and hosted numerous cultural activities such as concerts, exhibitions and events. The city had the opportunity to transform itself and to welcome tourists from all around the world. One year later, the economic impacts and the conclusions of this event can be analysed.

 

A detailed report can be found on http://www.keanet.eu/publications-2/. Don’t hesitate to consult it to catch a glimpse of the results and benefits of holding the European Capital of Culture title!

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Ranging from 2014 to 2020, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program is a European instrument aimed at supporting the development of high-performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the field of energy, telecommunications and transport.

The Programme intends to stimulate private investments proposing grants and providing assistance in the technical and financial set-up to these initiatives. Centralising investments for the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors in one central programme should allow the creation of synergies between the sectors both at management and at project level.

For the period of 2014-2015 alone, 362 projects received funds or support all over Europe. Some of them are coming to completion and others are being added every year. The programme is therefore now at cruise speed and the first conclusions can start to be drawn. 

In that context, the EU Commission is gathering feedback from all relevant stakeholders: Public authorities, Member State…

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