The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) Council took place in Brussels on 26 and 27 November 2018. The UK’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU represented the UK for the Youth session on the 26 November and Culture & Audiovisual and Sports sessions on the 27 November.
This session of the Council began with the partial general approach on the regulation on the European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027, which the UK was content to support. This Council then adopted a resolution on the European Union Youth Strategy 2019-2027, as well as conclusions on youth work in the context of migration and refugee matters.
A policy debate was then held on the European Union Youth Strategy 2019-2027: from vision to implementation.
This meeting began with a progress report on the regulation on Creative Europe 2021-2027.
The meeting then adopted conclusions on the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022. In addition the meeting adopted conclusions on the strengthening of European content in the digital economy.
There was also a policy debate on countering the spread of disinformation online, looking at the challenges for the media ecosystem.
Information was provided from the German delegation on dealing with items from colonial contexts in European collections. In addition, information was also provided from the Danish delegation on problems concerning protection and transnational resale of tickets to cultural and sports events.
The sport session of EYCS began with a policy debate on major sporting events as drivers of innovation. This was then followed by the adoption of Council conclusions on the economic dimension of sport and its socio-economic benefits.
The EU Member States represented in the World Anti-Doping Agency Foundation Board presented information on the Foundation Board meeting on 14-15 November.
The Romanian delegation set out their work programmes as the incoming Presidency, for the first half of 2019. They highlighted a number of priorities for the Presidency. These priorities included improving the cross-border circulation of European cinema works, continuing efforts on disinformation through media literacy and quality journalism, and improving access to organised sport for people with disabilities.