Transforming ELINET from a project to a network open for new members in the future

The official funding period for ELINET by the European Commission has ended on 31 March 2016, but ELINET will continue its work to improve literacy policies across Europe. A Sustainability Committee was proposed and agreed by delegates at the final conference in Amsterdam (21 – 22 January 2016) and assigned to make recommendations for future ELINET developments and priorities.

The elected Members of the Sustainability Committee are:
Viv Bird, Greg Brooks, Rosie Flewitt, Christine Garbe, Kees Hammink, Jean-Pierre Jeantheau, Fabio Nascimbeni, Karin Plötz, Helin Puksand, Stefan Salamonsberger, Sari Sulkunen, Ariana Vacaretu.

The committee met in Cologne (3 – 5 March 2016) discussing options for future ELINET organisational structures, working out various fundraising strategies for sustaining the network infrastructure, and drafting a content agenda with different possible topics.

At the Conference of the EU Policy Networks in Brussels (11 – 13 April 2016) the Sustainability Committee presented and discussed the outcome of the Cologne meeting to participating ELINET members and received further feedback and suggestions.

In June all former ELINET members will review and vote on the proposals prepared by the Sustainability Committee and help decide what the future of ELINET will look like. Currently we plan to establish an ELINET Association as a legal entity, being comprised of institutional and individual members. As soon as the internal decision process will be completed we will start a public call for new members of the future network via this platform.