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The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction EMCDDA's presents its annual overview report on the state of the drugs problem in Europe The report is a reference book for policymakers, specialists and practitioners in the drugs field or indeed anyone seeking the latest findings on drugs in Europe.
N.E.P.E.S. participated in the conference “Europe New Horizons Congress: Tackling The Healthcare Challenges of Today For a Healthier Tomorrow”, held in Brussels on the 12th of November under the patronage of Commissioner Androula Vassiliou. Patient safety has been officially confirmed as being a high priority issue for the European Commission in 2008.
The European Commission has in fact declared that an official communication on patient safety, to be published by the 26th of November.
DG SANCO’s activities regarding patient safety can be consulted at the following e-address:
Details on the conference can be found at the following link: http://www.healthfirsteurope.org/index.php?pid=168
Unfortunately the subject of Mental Health is discussed in the EU Commission separately from other strategies in health including patient safety. Thus psychologists and psychotherapists were not mentioned as part of the health care workforce! EU Recommendations on e-health for example do not include psychologists and psychotherapists. Mrs. Vassiliou referred questions concerning the European Directive of Recognition of Professional Qualifications in the framework of patients safety to DG Internal Market. For further reading...
The European Federation of Nurses Associations presented an interesting brochure on the educational curriculum for nurses relating to the European Qualification Frame of Lifelong Learning.
Unfortunately - or may be because of the situation described below- we have no psychologists of the Italian Educational System represented in our European Network. Are there still posts for school psychologists in the Italian educational system? Italy is joining France. Yesterday Italian streets were filled with students and professionals working in schools and universities to protest about educational policies in their country. The Gelmini decree -a school reform package -passed last Wednesday into law with € 9 billion of cuts and foreseen € 1.4 billion of cuts in university research in 2009. Read more about it in the Irish Press. Please read a comment on this development here...
The EU funded project ProMenPol is collecting examples of tools for mental health promotion in schools. If you are interested to participate, please read more...
SAFER INTERNET DAY 2009
On 10 February 2009 the European Commission and in particular, the Insafe network, will organize the 6th edition of the Safer Internet Day to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. This annual event offers also psychologists in the educational system an important opportunity to show their commitment and social responsibility towards protecting children and young people in a world which is increasingly led by technology. Whether you have previously participated in Safer Internet Day last year or wish to do so for the first time, please find here more info about this event The Insafe network appreciates if a representative of each N.E.P.E.S. national member organisation could participate in the Safer Internet Day. Please note that only organisations (NGOs, industry, researchers, public authorities) can be accepted as Safer Internet Day supporters 2009. N.E.P.E.S. is already a registered organisation for this event. If you are interested to participate in the Safer Internet Day as a representative for psychologists in the educational system in your country, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with further contact information.
DG Health and Consumers of the European Commission launches a website for health promotion videos produced in Europe. The aim is to share ideas and best practice and to show what has been done in public health campaigns on issues such as addiction prevention, communicable diseases, cancer or nutrition and physical activity.
From the website, you can order a copy of a video to use it for non-commercial information purposes, such as showing it in schools. One video is about mental health and also mentioning mental health care in schools.
The WHO report 2008 on
has been published recently. The overall conclusion of gathered report data can be summarized in the following quote of the report “There is an absence of regulation of continuing education despite the differences in structure and roles. Continuing education seems to be open to any supplier willing to invest”. Though psychologists are rarely mentioned in WHO publications, this report states some data about psychologists in the field of European mental health care. More...
The World Health Report 2008, Primary Health Care – Now More Than Ever has also been launched October 2008. More...
The EC has called in for projects in the framework of the Daphne III and The Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programmes:
Fundamental rights and citizenship Call for Proposals JLS/FRC/2008-2 Operating Grants intended to co-finance the functioning of non-governmental organisations
DEADLINE 20.November 2008
20.10.2008 Please read first press release France 3, L'express, l'AFPEN French Schoolpsychologists ready for national manifestation Paris, 19. October 2008 AFPEN (http://www.afpen.fr/), together with 46 other organisations as SNP, SGEN, has participated in a national manifestation against the suppression of posts in the public administration, for the defense and recognition of psychologists in National Education and also in order to help creating an optimal learning environment for youth.
Recent announcements of the French Government to short cut the annual budget for education will interrupt profoundly the priority
Accordingly a petition has been signed by 17 associations and has been sent to the Educational Ministry of France. The petition is accessible at http://www.sauvonslesrased.org/ .
The policy of financial short cuts in education is not coherent with the announcements of the French Presidency in the Council of the European Union. The French Presidency promised
“to focus on the subject of guidance, information and advice, in order to enable moves between courses of study and changes in vocational careers. These procedures will help to reduce the numbers of people leaving the school system with no qualifications and will promote success.”
• promotion of a life-cycle approach to work
• creation of inclusive labour markets for job-seekers and disadvantaged people;
• improvement in the matching of labour market needs;
• expansion of investment in human capital;
How can this promise be kept by reducing the quality of career counselling and special needs education in French schools? Programmatic words need coherent actions, otherwise it is an empty message. In the face of this contradiction, the national manifestation seemed to be a necessary alarm clock.
!!The EU has called in for new project proposals, which are interesting for psychologists in the education system, especially have a look at the Lifelong Learning programmes, where you could introduce projects for teacher's training, schoolpsychologist's training and many more... If you need help with project proposals, please contact us.
Report on childcare facilities for pre-school-age children says that parents face shortage of childcare services
The report finds that most countries have missed the targets for childcare provision – for 90% of children between three and school age and 33% of children under three – that EU leaders set themselves at Barcelona in 2002. The 'Barcelona targets' are an integral part of the EU's strategy for growth and jobs and aim to help young parents – and in particular women – into work. The report forms part of a broader package of measures by the Commission to improve work-life balance for Europeans.
"Childcare is a vital ingredient in facing up to demographic ageing: without proper support services, parents are less likely to have children. The current provision remains inadequate. National governments need to address the challenge and the EU will support their efforts with half a billion euros of EU funding up until 2013 to help develop childcare facilities." said Vladimír Špidla, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.
There is a direct link between childcare provision and access for parents to paid employment. Across the EU, more than 6 million women aged 25-49 say they are forced into not working, or can only work part-time, because of their family responsibilities. For more than a quarter of them, lack of childcare facilities – or their cost – is the main problem. Access to good quality, affordable childcare operating at hours to suit parents and children is thus key to facilitating women's access to the labour market.
Allowing parents to work can also help avoid in-work poverty and reduce poverty in single-parent households, which suffer a much higher poverty rate (32%) than that for all households with a child (17%).
Finally, against the background of the current demographic slowdown in Europe, provision of adequate childcare is an incentive to plan a family. Those Member States with the highest birth rates are also those which have done most to facilitate work-life balance for parents and which have a high rate of female employment. Although there has been some progress, a lot still needs to be done to achieve satisfactory levels of childcare provision, particularly for children under three.
The Commission has no direct powers in the field of childcare. However, it will support progress towards the Barcelona targets and will in particular:
* encourage the full use of possibilities for co-funding, for example under the European Social Fund;
* continue to monitor progress towards the Barcelona objectives, providing support through good-quality comparable statistics, and making specific recommendations to certain Member States where necessary;
* promote the exchange of national experiences relating to childcare facilities, through its various programmes for the exchange of good practices and encourage research into working conditions in the pre-school childcare sector.
Brussels, 30. 9. 2008
Launch for the ''Europe for Patients'' Campaign by Androulla Vassiliou, Commissionar for Public Health, including the launch of the website ‘Europe for Patients’, which is available on the EU health portal in 22 languages
Call for partners by Youth and Environment Europe - Training for Trainees on Teamwork and Communication- Eastern 2009
2009 European Year of Creativity and Innovation
In order to boost the capacity for creativity and innovation for both social and economic reason, the EU Commission has proposed to declare 2009 the European Year of Creativity and Innovation. It is a cross-cutting initiative covering several policy areas including research, education and training and social policy. The European Year aims to raise public awareness, spread information and promote public debate on creativity and the capacity for innovation. It should also stimulate research into how to develop creativity and innovative attitudes. An efficient use of knowledge and rapid innovation requires a broadening of the creative skills base involving the entire EU population. Education and training are determining factors enabling people to prepare for change as an opportunity and to be open to new ideas in a culturally diverse society.
Levels of autonomy and responsibilities of teachers in Europe
Organisation of school time in Europe. Primary and general secondary education - 2008/09 school year
The organisation of the academic year in higher education - 2008/09
Higher Education Governance in Europe. Policies, structures, funding and academic staff -Comparative Study
N.E.P.E.S. response on the Public Consultation “Schools for the 21st Century” of the DG Education of the EC has been published on the website of the European Commission today.
This is the today response of the European Commission on the N.E.P.E.S.contribution:
The Commission adopted on Thursday 3rd of July a Communication on School Education: "Improving Competences for the 21st Century: An Agenda for European Cooperation on Schools". You will find the Communication in the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/education/news/news492_en.htm.
The public consultation on school education, to which you contributed, has been one of the sources on which the Commission has based itself in order to prepare this Communication. In the following link, http://ec.europa.eu/education/school21/results_en.html, you can find both a summary report of the consultation and the different individual contributions sorted out by country of origin.
Thank you for your cooperation and best regards,
The Schools Consultation Team"
Please have a look at the funding calls of the European Commission concerning education and training. If you have project proposals and you cannot find European partners please contact us. We are there to facilitate cooperation among psychologists in the educational system.
General Info on Lifelong Learning Programs please click here
N.E.P.E.S. has contributed to the public consultation on school education carried out by the European Commission between July and December 2007. The EC responds today:
"Thank you for your contribution to the public consultation on school education that was carried out between July and December 2007.
The contributions received to the public consultation have helped the Commission to prepare a Communication on school education, whose adoption is scheduled for early July 2008.
The Commission has also produced a separate analytical report of all the contributions received, which will be available from early July in the consultation's website: http://ec.europa.eu/education/school21/index_en.html
In addition to this, the Commission intends to publish all the individual contributions received in the same format and language that they were sent. We hope that this will contribute to enrich the European debate on educational issues, as the summary report cannot possibly fully reflect the diversity of the nearly 500 contributions received from the 27 Member States of the EU."
Please read more about the working paper of the EC on Schools for the 21st Century here.
N.E.P.E.S. participates in the High Level Conference on Mental Health of the European Commission on 13th June 2008. Please read the important results here.
12.6.2008 Council of Europe launches pan-European campaign against corporal punishment of children
A Study on food additives and children's behaviour by the School of Psychology at the University Southampton has caused European echoes. The plenary session of the European Parliament will vote in July 2008 on the requirement of warning lables for food additives. Please read more about nutrition on our specialist forum and add your comments....
Financial Education is also promoted across the EU. On 18 December 2007, the Commission adopted a Communication on Financial Education. This Communication underlines the Commission's support for the provision of financial education delivered as close as possible to the citizens that need it, namely through Member State, national and regional authorities, non-governmental agencies and the financial services sector. It sets out the economic, societal and personal benefits of increased financial literacy and gives an overview of the provision of financial education in the EU. The Communication presents some basic principles to guide providers of financial education, based on existing best practices.
The EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency of European Commission) calls for researchers and all interested stakeholders working on youth topics to carry out a study on the access of young people to culture.
The European Commission calls for proposals Raising awareness of Lifelong Learning Strategies
N.E.P.E.S. was invited by the European Schoolnet to discuss questions of media safety with concerned partners. The result of these activities were the launch of a new tool for schools by the E-technology Industry on the 23.4.2008 in Brussels. Have a look at the new website! Mrs. Redding, European Commissionar for Information Society, supported this project and explained EU strategies in this area of concern. Learn more about European Strategies in the field of internet safety for young people in the EC report and the EC Programme 2008. The European Commission has also called in project proposals in the area of information technologies, which you can consult here.