To make the European Education Area a reality by 2025, an adequate level of investment in education and training is needed while ensuring its quality, effectiveness and efficiency.
As announced in the Communication on Achieving the European Education Area by 2025, an expert group on quality investment in education and training will support this process by helping to maintain focus on national and regional investment.
The Commission will provide specific support to local, regional and national authorities to facilitate mutual learning, analysis and the sharing of good practices on investment in education infrastructure.
Investments in education and training will contribute to the green and digital transitions and a lasting recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The significant funding available through the Recovery and Resilience Facility will provide major support to reforms and investments in education and training – from infrastructure and construction to training, digital devices and funding for open educational resources.
The Commission will promote the greening of education infrastructures to meet today’s energy standards and improve green spaces on school premises. This in turn will help to encourage interaction and learning, while responding to the demand for new competences and pedagogies.
On 19 February 2021, the Commission published a report on ‘Boosting Social and Economic Resilience in Europe by Investing in Education’. This economic paper focuses on the benefits of investing in education and training.
The Commission has also launched an open call for expression of interest to form an Expert Group on quality investment in education and training.
The Expert Group will carry out an in-depth analysis of existing evidence to identify policy options boosting education outcomes and inclusiveness, while improving the efficiency of spending.
The European Union (EU) will channel more funds than ever into education and training over the next seven years.
The Expert Group will help national authorities to make the best use of available funds and support the development of evidence-based policymaking by creating a guidance document for Member States providing robust evidence on the impact, cost and challenges in implementing key policy measures.
The Expert Group will focus its analysis on those areas that represent the bulk of education expenditure and may have a major impact on education outcomes, notably:
- teachers and trainers
- management of education infrastructure and related physical and human resources
- digital education (infrastructure and competence development)
Each area should cover all levels of education and training – from early childhood education and care to adult education –, and will be accompanied by a cost-benefit analysis and an examination of the budgetary implications for each policy option.
The first meeting of the Expert Group will take place in spring 2021. The deadline for applications is 20 March 2021.