I am pleased to announce that we have recently finished our second country audit! Our first external audit took place in Malta and was finalised in 2015. Now, the Agency has presented a final Audit report for Iceland to Mr Kristján Þór Júlíusson, the Icelandic Minister for Education, Science and Culture.
On 16 November, the Agency participated in a seminar discussing how policies and technology support inclusive education. This event took place in the European Parliament and was organised by Ádám Kósa MEP, in co-operation with Helga Stevens MEP, Silvia Costa MEP and the Agency.
In 2015 we undertook a new type of partnership for the Agency – we entered into a formal agreement with a publishing house - the Emerald Publishing Group – to write a book for commercial publication.
This year, the Agency is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. It was created in 1996 as a Danish Government initiative. Following a three-year trial period, the member countries took over the Agency. At the launch conference, Margrethe Vestager, the then Danish Minister of Education, said:
In March, the Agency member countries met to discuss the initial outcomes of an exciting new activity that the Agency has developed and tested with a pilot group of member countries. These Country Policy Review and Analysis (CPRA) activities are a new approach to analysing inclusive education policies.
On 16 October 2015 the Agency organised a Hearing in Luxembourg, where participants discussed how their schools and communities ensure an inclusive education for them. The outcomes of this event echo the outcomes of the three previous European Hearings we held in Brussels (2003 and 2011) and in Lisbon (2007).
Information accessibility impacts all areas of our life. Electronic documents, websites, video games, even ticket machines are sources of information. If information is not accessible, some people may not be able to purchase a ticket, read a document or access areas of a website.