What is it about?

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:

  • The Commission works closely with national policy-makers to help them develop their school education policies and systems. It gathers and shares information and analysis and encourages the exchange of good policy practices through the schools policy thematic working groups.
  • Through the Erasmus+ programme, it invests millions of euros each year in projects that promote school exchanges, school development, the education of school staff, school assistantships and more.

Priority areas

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 professionspdf and the assessment of key competences in initial education and trainingpdf (literature reviewpdf(570 kB).