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. 

The 2020 Education and Training Monitor publications (EU and country reports, executive summary, EU factsheet, EU infographics, leaflet on EU benchmarks, Eurostat customisable datasets, maps and charts) are available in English and their respective national languages in an accessible html format on the Publications Office of the European Union website.

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).

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