Education and Training Monitor

The Monitor is the Commission's flagship annual publication on education and training in the EU.

What is the Education and Training Monitor?

For the eighth consecutive year, the 2019 Education and Training Monitor gathers a wide range of evidence to indicate the evolution of national education and training systems across the European Union (EU).

The report measures countries’ progress towards the targets of the Education and Training 2020 (ET 2020) strategic framework for European cooperation in these fields. It also provides insights into measures taken to address education-related issues as part of the European Semester process.

The Monitor offers suggestions for policy reforms that can make national education and training systems more responsive to societal and labour market needs.

Furthermore, the report helps to identify where EU funding for education, training and skills should be targeted through the EU's next long-term budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

The Monitor comprises a cross-country comparison and 28 in-depth country reports.

The 2019 edition

Commissioner Tibor Navracsics presented the 2019 Education and Training Monitor at the second European Education Summit on 26 September 2019.

Teachers are the main focus of the latest edition. Teachers are considered as the factor having the strongest impact on students’ learning within the school environment.

Using new data, the Monitor demonstrates the common challenges that EU Member States face to attract and maintain the best teaching professionals. This challenge is expected to become all the more prominent during the next decade, during which a wave of retirements of experienced teachers is expected.

This year’s edition of the Education and Training Monitor marks ten years since the launch of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training – ET 2020. European countries have made great progress towards expanding participation in education since the establishment of EU benchmarks in 2009 as part of this process.

However, approximately 20% of 15 year old pupils across Europe still remain at risk of educational poverty, as they do not possess basic competences in literacy and mathematics or sufficient knowledge of science subjects. Additional priority areas for monitoring include: language skills and adult learning, teachers, investment in education and training, ICT education, entrepreneurship in education, and vocational education and training (VET).

Please find below the publications (EU Member State and country reports, factsheets, infographics, leaflet on EU benchmarks and customisable datasets, maps and charts) related to the 2019 Monitor, available in English and their respective national languages.

 

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EU report
Education and Training Monitor report (EU analysis) in English
EU report - Executive Summary
Highlights of the Education and Training Monitor report (EU analysis) and of the country reports (8 pages)
EU factsheet
A two-page document presenting the 2019 Education and Training Monitor in English
EU infographics
Infographics on the EU benchmarks in education and training in all EU languages
All country reports in a single document
All 28 country reports in a single volume in English
Country reports, factsheets and infographics (by country)
Country reports, country factsheets and infographics in English
Leaflet on EU Benchmarks
A two-page document presenting EU and country data for the EU benchmarks in education and training in German, English, French

More information

Read the full version of the previous 2018 education and training monitor.

For access to updated and customisable datasets, maps and charts related to the EU benchmarks in education and training, please consult the dedicated Eurostat webpage.

The Eurydice network publishes information about national education policies and systems in EU Member States, as well as comparative reports on specific topics, indicators and statistics (including structural indicators for monitoring education and training systems in Europe).

For questions on the Monitor, please contact: eac-monitor@ec.europa.eu.