Public consultations of the European Commission

Blog: Highlights
Author: Lidia Varbanova - Date: 23 Jul 2009, 14:43

Do you want to give your opinion on EU policies and influence their direction? Take part in shaping European policy by responding to EC consultations. Below is a retrospective view on EC public consultations in the period 2007-2009.

Consultation on the Green Paper on Promoting the Learning Mobility of Young People, 2009

With this Green Paper the Commission raises a wide number of issues linked to the opportunities for young Europeans to go abroad for learning, studying, volunteering or work experiences. All interested parties are welcome to contribute to this debate and put forward their options for the future.Responses to this Green Paper will be collected at two levels.

First, the Commission invites stakeholders to provide responses to the open questions raised in the text, as well as further reflections and examples of good practice. You can send your contributions via e-mail to

Second, there is an on-line multiple-choice questionnaire, tailored to the wider public. For further information and to participate in the on-line consultation, go to:

The public consultation period ends on 15 December 2009. The feedback to the public consultation will allow the Commission to prepare a proposal for the practical follow-up on the issue.

Consultation on EU plans for a European heritage label, 2008

The European Heritage Label was launched as an intergovernmental initiative by several European states in 2007.  It aims to "strengthen the support of European citizens for a shared European identity and to foster a sense of belonging to a common cultural space".  At its meeting on 20 November 2008, the Council of Ministers adopted conclusions inviting the European Commission to submit to it an appropriate proposal to transform the current intergovernmental European Heritage Label into a formal European Union initiative. The aim of "europeanising" the Label in this way is to improve its operational efficiency, enhance its impact and also enable it to take on a new dimension. In line with its procedures, the European Commission has launched an impact assessment, which includes a public consultation.

 For further information, look at:

An EU-wide public consultation on the future of youth policy, 2008

Europe's present and future lie with its young people, and government policies meant to serve them must stay tuned to their ever-changing needs.  That also goes for action by the European Union. The aim of this consultation is to help us evaluate what European cooperation on youth policy has achieved since 2000 and propose fresh objectives for the decade to come.

For more information, visit:

Public consultation: Green Paper "Migration & Mobility: challenges and opportunities for EU education systems", 2008

The Green Paper forms part of the Renewed Social Agenda, the Commission's package of measures to reinforce Access, Opportunities and Solidarity among all EU citizens. It was adopted by the Commission on 3 July 2008 opens the debate on how education policies may better address the challenges posed by immigration and internal EU mobility flows. The presence of significant numbers of migrant children has substantial implications for European education systems.

Key issues are how to prevent the creation of segregated school settings, so as to improve equity in education; how to accommodate the increased diversity of mother tongues and cultural perspectives and build intercultural skills; how to adapt teaching skills and build bridges with migrant families and communities.

For more information, look at:

Opening of the public consultation on selection criteria for the EIT Governing Board, 2008

The ad-hoc Identification Committee, set up by the Commission in January, launched on Monday 10th March 2008 an open consultation on the main criteria to be taken into account in identifying potential members for the  EIT Governing Board. This first stage consisted of a public consultation where EIT stakeholders and the general public was invited to comment and / or expand on the proposed criteria for the selection of the EIT's initial Governing Board.

For more information, visit:

Consultation on Multilingualism, 2008

In autumn 2008, the Commission adopted a Communication on multilingualism, with proposals for actions that further promote language learning and linguistic diversity, and address citizens' needs as efficiently as possible. To this end, an online consultation was launched in autumn 2007 (15 September – 15 November), inviting organisations and individuals to write their views and expectations concerning language policy. The 2,419 contributions received were analysed and the outcomes are presented in the form of a report.

Read here:

Public hearing with stakeholders about multilingualism, 2008

As a further step in the consultation process, the Commission organised a public hearing, in Brussels on 15 April 2008, to discuss the main themes that emerged from the online survey with experts and organizations involved in language learning and promoting linguistic diversity. The public hearing gathered together 167 stakeholders representing mainly education and cultural institutions and organisations as well as various regional and national authorities and non-governmental organisations.

Read the summary and the conclusions of the discussions here:

Consultation “School for the 21st Century”, 2007

This public consultation addresses all those interested in the development of school education in Europe. The Commission's consultation document raises a series of issues that are deemed to be crucial for schools in Europe (such as schools and key competences, schools and social inclusion and the role of teachers, among others) on which contributions are sought.

Summary of the results can be downloaded from:

Consultation on the Future of the Erasmus Mundus Programme, 2007

This public consultation is addressed to all those involved and with an interest in the Erasmus Mundus programme. It is one of the steps towards preparing the future of the programme. The consultation addresses the issues of needs and programme objectives, programme design as well as programme funding and implementation. The Commission wants to gain a full picture of the needs, ambitions and preferences of everyone concerned. The consultation will inform the Commission's position regarding the shape of the new Erasmus Mundus programme, which it will put forward in summer 2007.

Read the summary of the results here:

Consultation on a European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET), 2007

The Commission consulted the countries participating in the Education and Training 2010 work programme, the European social partners, the other European institutions (e.g. the parliamentary committees), the competent European associations, NGOs and networks, the Bologna Follow-Up Group, etc. The ECVET consultation was launched at the start of November 2006, to end on 31 March 2007.

In many countries, the consultation generated a considerable amount of information work, exchanges and discussions, involving an appreciable number of ministries, institutions, networks, organisations and authorities, and sometimes involving several hundred people. Events (conferences, seminars or workshops) were organised. Institutions and networks operating at European level also organised working meetings in Brussels.

Read the summary of the results here:




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