On 14 June 2016, the European Commission adopted and presented actions in seven specific areas, including the education sector, where EU level cooperation can support Member States in their efforts of tackling and preventing radicalisation that may lead to terrorism. Two of the seven specific actions link to the education sector.

Firstly, by using funds of the Erasmus + programme to support projects that promote social inclusion, intercultural understanding and European social values, the European Commission commits itself to support Member States in their promotion of inclusive education and EU common values. Secondly, the European Commission aims to support the cooperation of EU Member States to promote inclusive, open and resilient societies and to reach out to young people. In this light, a toolkit is to be developed to help those professionals who are working most closely with young people to identify and combat radicalisation.

The European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) is member of the ET 2020 Working Group, which gave input to this document. The ET 2020 Working Group discusses key challenges in European education and training systems.

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