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16th of September 2013

Education, youth, culture and research Committee of Regions meeting


The European Committee of Regions invites you to attend the commission´s 19th meeting, to be held in Brussel on Monday 16 September 2013.

Items on the agenda include:

Disability, Sport and Leisure: a major element of the Sport for All project, part of the Europe 2020 strategy.

Following the adoption of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 on 15 November 2010, the European Commission engaged to "improve the accessibility of sports, leisure, cultural and recreational organisations, activities, events, venues, goods and services […]" for people with disabilities and to "promote participation in sports events and the organisation of disability-specific ones".

In developing the European dimension in sport, the EU has committed itself to supporting the "Sport for All" principle based on equal opportunities and helped funding specific initiatives in this field. Within the framework of one of the EU´s newest policy fields, the "Sport for All" principle helps to ensure equal access for all social groups to sports activities.

People with disabilities must be able to participate and therefore deserve special attention. But precise definitions and clarity on measures and objectives are still lacking. The terms "adaptive sport" and "sport for people with disabilities" need to be clarified.

Guidelines for trans-European telecommunications networks

Despite the ongoing economic crisis, the Presidency will attempt to support future growth through the EU´s multiannual budget for 2014-2020 – with increased funding for competitiveness and employment, as well as the development of transport, energy and telecommunications networks. Following the political agreement on the Multi-annual Financial Framework, several related sectoral proposals are, in fact, now in the pipeline.

REBUS: a journey towards a better school environment

REBUS is a working method which aims to give children and young people a say in the design of their local environment by working with the physical environment as an educational resource in the school system. REBUS is based on children, young people, school staff, architecture educationalists and property managers creating sustainable changes together.

The REBUS work model has been developed in an EU project, whereby 12 schools and pre-schools in Sweden, Denmark and Norway have contributed their experiences through pilot projects to develop the model. The results have become a set of guidelines. The focus is on the trip to a better school environment, learning and the democratic process.

The documents of the meeting can be found in the Committee´s website.

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