Olli Rehn, Centre Party/ALDE, Finland

Vice-president of the European Commission, Economic and Monetary Affaird and the Euro.

1. What does lifelong learning mean to you?

Lifelong learning means keeping up one's own vocational capacity, learning new skills and knowledge, even learning a new occupation and willingness to educate oneself throughout life.

2. How will you support the promotion of adult education and lifelong learning if you are elected?

As the top candidate of my political group ALDE I would try and influence the future working programme of the new commission by strenthening the role of adult education in the education policy. Investment in adult education is a respinsibility of the member states but the Commission and the Parliament can support for example exchange of best practices between different countries. Adult education could be promoted more efficiently e.g. through structural funds and educatin programmes. As a member of the European Parliament I would stay in close connection with EAEA and relevant Finnish stakeholders (educational operators, the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnish government and especially the Minister of Education).

3. In your opinion and experience, how can different disadvantaged groups (elderly, migrants etc.) be included in lifelong learning in order to support their social inclusion?

It is in the shared interest of all member states that the elderly and migrants are involved in the working life. For migrants it is especially important that the education they received in their home country would be recognized in order to improve their employment. Member states should actively compose programmes tailored for the marginalized groups that would increase their capacity and participation in the labor market. The Commission and the Parliament must focus on prohibiting all types of discrimination in the working life.

4. What do you see as the role for non-formal adult education in helping to implement EU educational policy?

Non-formal adult education can bring great opportunities to the citizens. It can have a big role for example in increasing ICT skills or language capacity. The Union must promote the exchange of best practices of non-formal adult education between member states.

5. How will you support the work of civil society actors in promoting adult education?

By actively staying in contact with adult education organisations and other stakeholders and by promoting the message received from them.

6. Would you support a “European Flagship campaign on adult education and learning” and if yes, how?

Yes. By speaking on behalf of the flagship initiative in different occasions.