Update: 30 September 2020
A new Communication on the European Education Area was published 30 September 2020. It lays out a pathway to achieving the EEA by 2025.
This page is being updated to reflect the new Communication. In the meantime you can read the press release and download the Communication.
Towards a European Education Area
It is in the shared interest of all EU Member States to harness the full potential of education and culture as drivers for job creation, economic growth and improved social cohesion, as well as a means to experience European identity in all its diversity.
The Commission is developing initiatives to help work towards a European Education Area. The vision contained within this policy is that, across the EU:
- spending time abroad to study and learn should become the norm
- school and higher education qualifications should be recognised across the EU
- knowing two languages in addition to one’s mother tongue should be standard
- everyone should be able to access high-quality education, irrespective of their socio-economic background
- people should have a strong sense of their identity as a European, of Europe’s cultural heritage and its diversity
How is the EU working to deliver a European Education Area?
The Commission has presented a first package of measures addressing:
In its Communication on Building a stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies, the Commission has proposed a second package of initiatives highlighting the key role played by education, youth and culture in building the future of Europe. It sets out how the Commission is delivering on the call for action by European leaders in the December 2017 European Council Conclusions.
The Communication describes the Commission’s vision to build a European Education Area combining:
- a strengthened Erasmus+ programme
- an ambitious framework for European policy cooperation in education and training
- support for Member State reforms through the European Semester
- better targeted use of European funds
- on Early Childhood Education and Care
- on the Automatic Mutual Recognition of Diplomas and learning periods abroad
- on improving the Teaching and Learning of Languages
The Council Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to the teaching and learning of languages was adopted by education ministers at the Council meeting in Brussels on 22 May 2019.