Informal video conference Ministers of Education: response to the influx of refugees from Ukraine
March 31, 2022
On 31 March 2022, the EU Education Ministers held a video conference chaired by Jean-Michel Blanquer, the French Education Minister. Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, also took part. The aim was to discuss concrete EU assistance to pupils, teachers and educational staff from Ukraine.
Education ministers are working on a coordinated response to the influx of refugees.
At the request of the Presidency, Sherhiy Shkarlet, Ukrainian Minister of Education and Science, opened the meeting.
EU Ministers expressed their solidarity with the Ukrainian people and in particular with the children and all education staff.
Although the European Education Area is being strengthened, there is a need for real European coordination to improve the exchange of good practices and thus provide a common approach to the education of Ukrainian children in the EU.
Concerned about these children's ties to their homeland, the 27 intend to propose tailored solutions in cooperation with the European Commission and the Ukrainian Ministry of Education.