Bulgaria holds the presidency of the EU Council

Under the slogan "united we stand strong", which is also its national motto, Bulgaria will take over the presidency of the EU Council for the first time from 1 January to 30 June 2018.

The Bulgarian presidency focuses on four key areas: the future of Europe and young people - economic growth and social cohesion; European perspective and connectivity of the Western Balkans; security and stability in a strong and united Europe; and digital economy and skills for the future.

In the field of education and training, the following priorities were identified:

  • Mid-term evaluation and setting up the orientations of the Erasmus+ programme after 2020;
  • Equipping learners and teachers with digital skills;
  • Adoption of the new mandates of the Working Groups in the European framework for Education and Training 2018-2020;
  • Adoption of a Council Recommendation on common values, inclusive education and the European dimension of teaching;
  • Revision of the Recommendation of the EP and of the Council of 18 December 2006 on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning.

For further information, you can visit the Presidency’s official website: https://eu2018bg.bg/en