The EU High Level Group of Experts on Literacy was formed on 1 February 2011 by order of EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou to report on and recommend proposals for improving literacy at all ages, based on common success factors in literacy programmes and policy initiatives.
H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands was asked to Chair the group of renowned European experts, because of her extensive experience in this area as among other things UNESCO Special Envoy and from founding the Dutch Reading & Writing Foundation. The ten members of the EU High Level Group were:
H.R.H. Princess Laurentien (chair)
Prof. Greg Brooks
Dr. Roberto Carneiro
Prof. Marie Thérèse Geffroy
Dr. Atilla Nagy
Dr. Sari Sulkunen
Prof. Karin Taube
Prof. Georgios Tsiakalos
Prof. Renate Valtin
The group’s focus was on the literacy skills in Europe and the relationship to society as a whole, and to specific age groups: young children, children, adolescents and adults.
The conclusions of the report included the following:
All citizens of Europe have a right to be literate, so that they can realise their potentials as individuals, family members, workers and citizens.
Improved levels of literacy will boost innovation, prosperity and cohesion in society and the welfare, social participation and job prospects for all members.
Member States must prioritise and provide the support necessary to raise literacy levels for all ages and to share knowledge and good practice across states.
All players (commercial and non-commercial) are to coordinate efforts and develop and support initiatives and programs to promote better levels of literacy.
Public institutions are to take into consideration different levels of literacy and to develop activities and teaching methods to promote literacy for all mediums.
Digital literacy is to be encouraged with specially developed programs and applications.