Thematic Guidance Fiche: Early School Leaving (ESL) (Thematic objective 10)
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Education and training policy is an area where, as a result of the subsidiarity principle, the EU has supporting competence as defined by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (Lisbon Treaty). The Treaty (Article 165) provides that "the Union shall contribute to the development of quality education by encouraging cooperation between Member States and, if necessary, by supporting and supplementing their action". In addition Article 9 requires EU to "take into account requirements linked to the promotion of a high level of employment, the guarantee of adequate social protection, the fight against social exclusion, and a high level of education, training and protection of human health." Measures to reduce ESL address the quality improvement of education and training and its outcomes, help to reduce skill mismatches, and support employability and social cohesion.
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