05.05.2015 IN FOCUS

EAEA welcomes CULT vote on TTIP

EAEA has advocated strongly against the inclusion of adult education in the treaty Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the USA together with other representatives of civil society and trade union, like The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) and  European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE).

EAEA therefore welcomes the vote of 16 April 2015 by the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) in favour of the opinion written by rapporteur MEP Helga Trüpel (Greens/EFA).

The opinion of CULT Committee is taken into account by the Committee on International Trade (INTA) when they prepare European Parliament's recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the TTIP.

CULT's opinion states the agreement should "ensure with a general clause the right to adopt or maintain any measure with regard to the provision of all educational services which work on a non-profit-basis and/or receive public funding to any degree or state support in any form and ensure that privately funded foreign providers meet the same quality and accreditation requirements as domestic providers".

CULT's opinion is in line with EAEA’s position expressed in its statement on TTIP. EAEA's concerns are to safeguard our educational model and beware of the risks liberalization of the education system entail.

More on this topic

EAEA policy website on TTIP
What does TTIP mean for adult education?