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Slovakian Presidency takes on Education and Training
Since 1st July Slovakia has taken the lead in the Council of the European Union in times when the Union faces unprecedented challenges that contest both its unity and its common approach. The main focus of the Presidency in the area of education is talents, and the ways we foster and develop them. It is believed that the development of talents has a direct impact on an individual and it enhances social inclusion, and it is the driver of innovation and growth. For the SOLIDAR Foundation, it is important to see that the focus on the development of skills and competences takes precedence in European policy making. As the CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) skills forecast shows, in the coming years the demand for specific skills will increase due to technological changes. Furthermore, investing in skills development is an important method of preventing unemployment, and lifelong learning is vital to personal growth and inclusion.
Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!
Yesterday, 14th July, Bastille Day commemorates the French Revolution. Its three principles engraved on every town hall and every public school in France have again been under attack, this time in Nice. What more symbolic day! France is mourning yet again and we express again our solidarity reaffirming that the defense of democracy, of freedom, equality and solidarity, the call for social progress remains the core of our commitment, our compass!
The European Parliament has to step up efforts to promote civil society space world-wide
This week SOLIDAR attended a hearing on this matter in the European Parliament. Speakers brought forward that in fear of the popular uprisings governments started to reduce the space for civil society. Violations were documented in 96 countries indicating that six out of seven people live under circumstances where their fundamental freedoms (association, assembly and speech) are under threat. These violations are not only targeted at human rights defenders, but also at civil society that contributes to transformations processes and have a large outreach among the population.
Israel’s newly adopted transparency law is to outlaw progressive Civil Society
This week, the Knesset passed the "Transparency Law” which de-facto only affects civil society organisations that receive funding from the EU and foreign institutions, in particular human rights defenders. Promoted by the Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked, and strongly supported by Prime Minister Netanyahu, on Monday night the "law of NGOs", also known as the "Transparency Law", has been adopted. After months of discussions the far-right-controlled Israeli Knesset has achieved its objective: as of 2017, NGOs mainly financed from abroad will have to specify in all external communications that they are funded by donors from abroad – to be able to brand them as “foreign agents”.