NEF Brussels November 2022

Save the date: November 15th, 2022. European Economic and Social Committee, Rue Van Maerlant / Van Maerlantstraat 2, 1040 Brussels, vma-3 conference room.


NEF Brussels November 2022
The New Education Forum Brussels closes this year’s set of regional meetings held around the European Union: Brussels online in January 2022, Edinburgh and Santander in February, Warsaw in May and Bielsko-Biała in October. The closing event will give opportunity to:
Synthesize recommendations of the regional NEFs and
Take a closer look at the local and regional initiatives which enrich the European educational environment responding to two big European challenges: the European Green Deal and digital transformation
As part of the European Green Deal, the EU has set itself a binding target of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. The EU is working on the revision of its climate, energy and transport-related legislation under the so-called 'Fit for 55 package' in order to align current laws with the 2030 and 2050 ambitions. A number of new initiatives are also included in the package.

The Fit for 55 package set of new legislative proposals and amendments to existing EU legislation, will help the EU cut its net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990. The key areas of this action include:
  • greenhouse gas emissions from all economic sectors, including industry, transport, energy, agriculture and waste
  • greenhouse gas removals by carbon sinks such as forests
  • funding for a just transition
  • renewable energy
  • energy efficiency
  • more alternative fuels and more charging stations for electric vehicles
  • energy taxation
  • a carbon border adjustment for certain imports
Such ambitious plans require educational efforts to guarantee their sustainability. Furthermore, the Fit for 55 package aims at reaching the EU's climate objectives, of which one is to ensure a just and socially fair transition. Again, without wide and complex educational agenda this crucial goal may be impossible to reach.

In consequence, EU Member States as well as European institutions should seek support of educational key agents. Such structural change requires good cooperation between diverse stakeholders. An important tool to enhance learning processes is presented by the digital world. The recent Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the necessity of ICT competences. In addition, emerging new technologies of the European companies are seeking to capitalize on digitally skilled employees. To keep up with changing market conditions and competition, business understands it requires modernization of workplace cultures.

Therefore, the main topics for the 2022 New Education Forum Brussels will be:
  • green transformation supported by educational approaches
  • impact of the green and digital transformations on the employability of the European workers
  • digital transformation shaping EU education



8.30 – 9.00 CET
9.00 – 9.15 CET
Opening by Joanna BOCHNIARZ, General Director, CIE
Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, Employers’ Group

Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Culture and Education
9.15 – 9.30 CET
Welcoming statements
Member of the European Parliament, Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Ecucation
9.30 – 9.35 CET
Presentation of international research results on European teachers and students’ awareness and engagement in the green transformation – Center for Innovative Education.
Surveys and focus groups conducted in June-September 2022 reach 5 European countries: Poland, Spain, Italy, Greece and Austria and over 300 teachers. Teachers and students were asked about their engagement in the environmental protection activities and about their school’s transition into a circular economy.
General Director, CIE, Center for Innovative Education
9.35 – 10.55 CET
I Panel discussion: Formal education’s readiness for Green transition in light of presented research and recommendation of the EU Council on individual learning accounts to boost training of working-age adults.
Formal education in the EU requires evidence-based and accessible information on the climate, environmental and biodiversity crisis and its drivers. Recommendation adopted by the Council in June 2022 aims to stimulate and support policies and programmes about learning for the green transition and sustainable development. “This is crucial to ensure learners of all ages acquire the knowledge to live more sustainably, obtain the skills needed in a changing labour market and take action for a sustainable future.” (Council of the EU, Press release, 16th June 2022, How can we help educators take part in professional development programmes related to sustainability? What learning opportunities can be provided in formal settings and how can we support and enhance teaching and learning for the green transition?
Delphine RUDELLI
Director General, Ceemet, European Tech & Industry Employers

Isabelle BARTHES
Deputy General Secretary, IndustriAll European Trade Union

Seamus HOYNE
Dean of Flexible and Work Based Learning, Technological University of the Shannon

Policy Officer at Unit for Vocational Education and Training, CEDEFOP; European Commission; DG EMPL

Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection and of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (tbc)
10.55 – 11.25 CET
Networking break
11.25 – 11.30 CET
Presentation of NEF+ project: Disseminating knowledge and practice of outdoor and digital learning in VET. The Erasmus+ project ‘New Education Forum +’ (2021-2023) creates a multilingual platform for a European network around Outdoor Learning (OL) in VET, with an emphasis on how digital learning tools can enhance (outdoor) learning processes. Results include two thematic literature reviews and an online repository of resources that also features good practices in OL for VET from different European countries. All outputs are open access and aim to provide professional development and networking opportunities for practitioners and other stakeholders interested in harnessing the benefits of OL in VET contexts for the development of transversal competencies, physical and mental health and wellbeing, and environmental sustainability.
Senior Research Fellow, The University of Edinburgh, UK
11.30 – 12.50 CET
II Panel discussion: Digital learning solutions vs. digital literacy. To support and enhance Europe’s sustainable development, adequate infrastructure, including digital tools and resources should be ensured for educational providers. They are indispensable to build the new European Competence Framework on Sustainability (GreenComp). The European Commission has set targets in the European skills agenda and the digital education action plan aiming to reduce the level of 13-14 year-olds who underperform in computing and digital literacy from 30% (2019) to 15% in 2030. What are the good practices implemented across the EU that help achieve this ambitious goal in the light of NEF+ research results? How can we enhance VET learning through digital environment so it becomes an exciting pathway for the European youth?
Senior Adviser, BusinessEurope

Andreas RIEPL
Federal Ministry of Education of the Austrian Government

Head of the Department for VET and Qualifications, CEDEFOP

Deputy Head of Unit Vocational Education and Training, CEDEFOP; European Commission, DG EMPL

Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Culture and Education

Senior Research Fellow, The University of Edinburgh, UK
12.50 – 13.00 CET
Closing remarks
General Director, CIE, Center for Innovative Education



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