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Commission seeks to boost mobility
Keywords European Commission, Labour mobility
The European Commission has presented a draft recommendation inviting EU member states to take measures to promote the mobility of students, trainees, young volunteers, teachers and training instructors. The proposal considers three separate categories of education, training and youth.
Part I presents general measures which could apply to all three categories. These measures include: providing more information on the possibilities for study, training, voluntary service, teaching or training in another member state; measures to finance mobility; and measures to facilitate the fair recognition of experience acquired in another member state.
Part II discusses specific measures for each category. They include: for students - greater use of the European credit-transfer system, which guarantees the recognition of academic experience through a contract drawn up in advance between the student and the home and host institutions; for trainees - the suggestion that states guarantee that young unemployed people who wish to pursue training in another member state continue to receive the unemployment benefits they were getting in their home country; and for young volunteers - that the member state of origin should validate the voluntary activity undertaken in another member state.
The proposals draw on the Commission's green paper of October 1996, Education, Training, Research: Obstacles to Transnational Mobility.