Italian Presidency: agenda for education

The Italian Presidency intends to make efforts towards the “knowledge-based Europe”. It will particularly deal with the E-learning and Erasmus Mundus programmes, the new generation of European education, training and youth programmes. Italy also proposes to think through the notion of human capital to address the causes of early-school leaving.

E-learning, Socrates, Leonardo and Youth programmes: The Italian Presidency plans to promote the adoption of the Decision on the new European elearning programme and to launch the debate on the next generation of European education, training and youth programmes (Socrates, Leonardo and Youth).

Erasmus Mundus: The Italian Presidency should oversee the launch of the new Erasmus Mundus Programme which aims to foster cooperation and mobility with regard to third countries. A Ministerial Conference, including with UNESCO and MEDA countries, will be held on inter-university cooperation in the Mediterranean.

School-leaving: Italy will propose to the Education Council a Resolution on making the learning process more attractive.

Human Capital: during the Italian Presidency, a Ministerial-level initiative will focus on human capital as a factor of economic growth and innovation. It will seek to reinforce EU-level cooperation in the field of training.

Youth: the Italian Presidency will support moves to raise awareness of the need for young people to play a greater role in policy and decision-making.

Bologna Process: The Presidency will work on the preparation of the report which has to be submitted to the Spring 2004 European Council on progress achieved in implementing a detailed work programme on the follow up of the objectives for education and training systems in Europe. A draft report should be submitted to the Education Council taking place at the end of November.


Italy holds the Presidency of the Council of ministers from 1 July to 31 December 2003.

The Italian Presidency's work programme in education is guided by the Joint Operational Programme for 2003 agreed together with the Greek Presidency at the end of 2002.


  • 3-4 October 2003: The Italian Presidency will organise an Interministerial Conference on "Youth Distress and School Drop-outs" in S. Patrignano (Italy)
  • 7-8 November 2003: The Italian Presidency will organise an enlarged Interministerial Conference on the "Creation of a Euro-Mediterranean Area for Advanced Education" in Catania (Italy)
  • 24-25 November 2003: Council on Education, Youth and Culture


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