What is the EU's role in education & training?
Each EU country is responsible for its own education and training systems, so EU policy is designed to support national action and help address common challenges, such as ageing societies, skills deficits in the workforce, and global competition.
The EU offers a forum for exchange of best practices, gathering and dissemination of information and statistics, as well as advice and support for policy reforms. Funding is also available for activities that promote learning and education at all levels and for all age groups.
Through the strategic framework for education and training, member states have identified four common objectives to address these challenges by 2020:
What has been done so far?
The following EU benchmarks for 2020 have been set for education:
Progress on these benchmarks is assessed in each member state through a yearly country analysis, with the EU also providing recommendations.