The new commission: possible changes to adult education management

Thu 11 Sep 2014 02:38:00 PM EEST

The European Commission (EC) President has nominated Commissioner posts for the new Commission. The published proposal predicts changes to the Commission structure when it comes to adult education. EAEA monitors the developments.

The structure for the new European Commission is taking shape. The Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his proposal for the new Commission structure yesterday.

New commissioners in education

According to the proposal, a Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship will be assigned. Juncker has nominated as the Commissioner, Mr. Tibor Navracsics, from Hungary.

There will also be a Commissioner of Employment, Social affairs, Skills and Labour mobility. The portfolio is assigned to Ms. Marianne Thyssen, from Belgium.

Adult education moving to DG Employment?

According to a press release by the European Commission adult education policy and vocational training would be moving from Directorate-General Education (DG EAC) under the supervision of Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), and thus under the supervision of the respective Commissioner.

This would mean dividing different sectors of education − higher education, vocational training and adult education − between two different Commission portfolios and departments.

“It is still too early to say how the structure will look like. However, if the changes would remain as proposed now, it would certainly raise questions about the Commission’s commitment to lifelong learning,” says EAEA’s Secretary-General Gina Ebner.

EAEA will continue to monitor the Commission formation and will prepare a statement once the structure has been finalised.

Next steps

In a next step, the European Parliament has to give its consent to the entire College of Commissioners. This is preceded by the hearings of the Commissioner candidates in the relevant parliamentary committees. Once the European Parliament has given its consent, the European Council formally appoints the European Commission. The new Commission will officially start their work on November 1.

More information

  • See the Commission portfolios and nominees here
  • Read the letter by Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker to Tibor Navracsics about the portfolio for education
  • Read the EAEA media release ahead of the publication of Commission structure

Text: Helka Repo
Photo: European Commission