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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): The UK was represented at the Education and Youth Council by Baroness Blackstone, then Minister for Education and Employment in the Lords, Jane Davidson AM, Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning and Paul Boateng, who was then Deputy Home Secretary and Minister for Young People.
The Council discussed the follow-up to the report on concrete future objectives of education and training systems (presented to the Stockholm European Council in March 2001) and agreed Conclusions which identified: basic skills; ICT; and mathematics, science and technology as priority areas for early work.
The Council reached political agreement on the adoption of the draft Recommendation on mobility for students, persons undergoing training, volunteers, teachers and trainers, on the basis of the Council's
The Council received information from the Presidency on: the conference of European Education Ministers to be held in Riga on the theme eLearn for Life; the Commission's plans for future co-operation with third countries in the field of education and training; progress of the European Year of Languages; and the development of a European Curriculum Vitae.
The Council received information from the Commission about consultations which had taken place on the proposed White Paper for Youth Policy. The Council reaffirmed its commitment to the publication of the Commission's White Paper in the Autumn.