Towards a European Education Area
It is in the shared interest of all Member States to harness the full potential of education and culture as drivers for job creation, economic growth and social fairness as well as a means to experience European identity in all its diversity.
The European Commission is developing initiatives to help work towards a European Education Area. These initiatives reflect the Commission’s ambition to enable all young people to receive the best education and training, and find jobs across the continent. The goal is that, in Europe:
- spending time abroad to study and learn should be the standard;
- school and higher education diplomas should be recognised across the EU;
- knowing two languages in addition to one’s mother tongue should become the norm;
- everyone should be able to access high quality education, irrespective of their socio-economic background; and
- people should have a strong sense of their identity as Europeans, of Europe’s cultural heritage and its diversity.
How is the Commission working to deliver a European Education Area?
In January 2018, the Commission presented a first package of measures, addressing:
The Commission has now brought forward a second package of initiatives.
In its Communication on Building a stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies, the Commission highlights the important role played by education, youth and culture in building the future of Europe. It sets out how it is delivering on the invitations set out by European leaders in the December 2017 European Council Conclusions. It describes its vision of building a European Education Area on a combination of:
- strengthened Erasmus+ programme;
- an ambitious framework for European policy cooperation in education and training;
- support for Member State reforms through the European Semester; and
- better targeting of European funds.
This package of initiatives also includes proposals for Council Recommendations: