EU reaffirms its commitment to education and vocational training in Greenland

EU reaffirms its commitment to education and vocational training in Greenland

16/12/2019

National education policy has been a focus of EU support for Greenland since 2007, and today it has received a further boost. The Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, signed a Financing Agreement for €30 million to support the education sector in Greenland, with Ms Anne Lone Bagger, Minister of Education, Culture, Church and Foreign Affairs of Greenland.

This additional funding underlines the EU’s continued commitment to sustainable development in Greenland, in particular through a robust education and vocational training system. Moreover, it reflects the efforts and solid progress that the Government of Greenland has made to improve outcomes across the education system, from pre-school to higher education.

Background

Greenland is one of the 25 Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) associated with the European Union. Greenland is a self-governing country within the Kingdom of Denmark. The Act of Greenland Self-Government determines the constitutional status of Greenland. Greenland was part of the European Community between 1973 and 1985. Following withdrawal in 1985 (after a referendum in 1982), a Treaty ensured Greenland's association with the European Union as an OCT. The European Union is investing €217.8 million in Greenland's education system between 2014 and 2020 through the Greenland Education Programme. EU support for Greenland’s education system has provided for upskilling among teachers and principals, and has helped bring about an increase both in the number of young people completing education and in the transition rate to further education.

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EU development cooperation with Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)

EU development cooperation with Greenland