- Strategic framework
- Higher education
- Adult education
- Vocational education and training
- Education and migrants
- International cooperation and policy dialogue
The European Commission works with EU countries to develop their school education systems. While each country is responsible for the organisation and content of its education and training systems, there are advantages in working together on issues of shared concern. The European Commission supports national efforts in two main ways:
Education ministers from EU countries have identified the following priority areas:
The European Commission also produces regular studies on the situation across Europe in order to monitor progress .
In 2012 the Commission presented 'Rethinking Education', an initiative to encourage EU countries to ensure that young people develop the skills and competences needed by the labour market. The package includes background papers on support to the teaching professions and the assessment of key competences in initial education and training (literature review ).