European policy cooperation (ET 2020 framework)

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

The ET 2020 framework provides opportunities to build best practices in education policy, gather and disseminate knowledge, and advance educational policy reforms at the national and regional levels.

The framework is based on the lifelong learning approach. It therefore addresses outcomes from early childhood to adult vocational and higher education, and is designed to cover learning in all contexts: formal, non-formal and informal.

ET 2020 pursues the following four common EU objectives:

It also supports the achievement of the following benchmarks 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 the 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) on designing or implementing a policy as a response to a specific national challenge
  • The annual Education and Training Monitor reports on Member States' progress towards achieving the ET 2020 objectives and benchmarks. This analysis feeds into the evaluation of broader socio-economic progress by Member States within the framework of the European Semester
  • Common reference tools and approaches have been produced as a result of work carried out by the Working Groups or as part of mutual learning activities
  • Consultation and cooperation activities with stakeholders, including civil society and 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