About education and training in the EU

While the responsibility for education and training systems lies with the Member States, the role of the EU is to support and supplement their action.

The EU considers continuous advancement of education and training to be of profound importance. Widespread access to quality education and training is a driver of economic growth, social cohesion, research and innovation - and dramatically increases citizens' prospects for personal development.

In the EU, education and training systems are organised and implemented by the Member States. A detailed overview of national education systems is included in the Eurydice website.  While the responsibility for education and training systems lies with individual states, the role of the EU is to support and supplement their capacity. The EU therefore supports Member States through policy cooperation (via the “ET 2020” framework) and funding instruments. These include the Erasmus+ programme and the European Structural and Investment Funds.

The EU is also helping to build a European Education Area to strengthen educational outcomes and learning mobility, promote common values and facilitate the mutual recognition of diplomas across borders.  Education and training are a critical facet of the EU’s broader socio-economic agenda. This agenda includes the Europe 2020 strategy and the European Semester for the coordination of Member States' economic policies.

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