What are Working Groups?

As part of the Education and Training 2020 (ET 2020) Open Method of Coordination, the Commission and Member States cooperate in the form of Working Groups.

Working Groups are designed to help Member States address the key challenges of their education and training systems, as well as common priorities agreed at European Level.


What is their role?

The primary focus of the Working Groups is to benefit the Member States in the work of furthering policy development through mutual learning and the identification of good practices, as well as understand what works in education.

Following their mandate, Working Groups must deliver outputs directly linked to the objectives of ET2020 and contribute to Europe 2020.

These groups, like all groups created by the Directorate General of the Commission, are published in the Register of Commission expert groups and other similar entities.

ET 2020 Working Groups - Presentation

What has been done so far?

Since 2009, Working Group experts have been exchanging good practices and working on common tools in the following fields:

  • primary and secondary education
  • higher education
  • adult learning
  • early childhood education and care
  • vocational education and training
  • transversal key competencies

There have been 3 generations of Working Groups:

A new generation was launched on 22 February 2016 set to last until June 2018.

A joint seminar for all ET 2020 Working Groups in March 2017 focused on integrating migrants and children of migrant background in education. It identified key success factors in developing integrated, whole-of-government strategies; and examined challenges and promising approaches for providing support for teachers, for learners, and for people outside formal education or training. More information is available in the Background Paper and Seminar Report.

Each ET 2020 Working Group has a specific mandate detailing the challenges the group needs to address, the outputs to achieve, and the overall roadmap. To achieve this, more than 400 experts participate in peer-learning activities, such as peer-learning activities and webinars.