Glossary:Adult education survey (AES)

The Adult education survey, abbreviated as AES, is a household survey which is part of the European Union (EU) Statistics on lifelong learning. People living in private households are interviewed about their participation in education activities (formal, non-formal and informal learning). The target population of the survey is composed of people aged 25 to 64. The survey takes place every five years and its results are published on Eurostat website.

The first wave of the survey, 2007 AES (also called ‘pilot survey') was carried out between 2005 and 2008 in 29 countries, either Member States of the European Union, candidate countries or countries of the European Free Trade Association. This pilot exercise was set up within a common EU framework including a standard questionnaire, tools and quality reporting. The reference year was set at 2007.

After the first pilot exercise, the Adult Education Survey is run under a legal basis: Framework Regulation (EC) 452/2008, which makes it a compulsory European survey. Therefore the second AES data collection - 2011 AES - took place in 2011 and 2012. It was the first to be run under the Framework Regulation and it was implemented by the Commission Regulation (EC) 823/2010.

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