Education and Training Monitor
The Monitor is the Commission's flagship annual publication on education and training in the European Union.

What is the Education and Training Monitor?

For the ninth consecutive year, the 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 27 in-depth country reports.

The 2020 edition

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel announced the 2020 Education and Training Monitor at the DigiEduHack conference on 12 November 2020.

This year’s edition of the Education and Training Monitor is the last one of the outgoing 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.

The lead theme of the 2020 Monitor is digital education and digital competence. It also addresses the impacts of the COVID-induced school closures and distance learning.

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. 

Download documents

EU report
Education and Training Monitor report (EU analysis) volume 1 in English
EU report - Executive Summary
Highlights of the Education and Training Monitor report (EU analysis) volume 1 and of the country reports
EU factsheet
A two-page document presenting the 2020 Education and Training Monitor in English
EU infographics
Infographics on the EU benchmarks for education and training in all EU languages
All country reports in a single document
All 27 country reports in a single volume in English
Country reports
Country reports by country
Leaflet on EU targets for 2020
A document presenting EU and country data for the EU benchmarks for education and training

More information

For more information on the 2020 release, please check the Commission press release.

Read the full version of the previous 2019 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.