European Policy Cooperation (ET2020 framework)

The strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (“ET 2020”) is a forum allowing Member States to exchange best practices and learn from each other.

The strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (“ET 2020”) is a forum allowing Member States to exchange best practices and learn from each other. It helps them to gather and disseminate knowledge, as well as provide and receive advice and guidance for policy reforms at national level.

The framework is based on a lifelong learning approach and designed to cover learning in all contexts – formal, non-formal and informal – and at all levels: from early childhood education and care and school education, through to higher education, vocational education and training and adult learning.

ET 2020 pursues the following four common EU objectives:

It is also based on the following benchmarks, to be achieved at European level by 2020:

The framework is implemented through a variety of tools and instruments, including:

  • Working Groups, composed of experts nominated by Member States and key stakeholders.
  • Peer Learning Activities (PLAs), hosted by a Member State to showcase existing good practice at national level or to explore a particular issue with other Member States.
  • Peer Reviews involve a group of Member States providing guidance to another Member State on a specific national challenge.
  • Peer counselling brings together experienced peers from a small number of national administrations to provide advice, at the request of a Member State, in designing or implementing a policy as a response to a specific national challenge.
  • The Education and Training Monitor annually monitors Member States' progress towards the ET 2020 objectives and benchmarks. This analysis feeds into the evaluation of broader socio-economic progress by Member States within the European Semester.
  • Common reference tools and approaches have been produced as a result of, inter alia, work carried out by the Working Groups, or as part of mutual learning activities.
  • Consultation and cooperation activities with stakeholders, including civil society as well as business and social partner organisations, such as the European Education Summit and the Education, Training and Youth Forum.
  • Funding for policy support activities and innovative projects through the Erasmus+ programme.