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What the Commission is doing

The EU strategy for education and training until 2020 focusses on lifelong learning and mobility, the quality and efficiency of education, equality, and innovation.

More on the strategic framework for education and training until 2020


Through the strategic framework for education and training, EU countries have identified four common objectives to be addressed by 2020:

  • make lifelong learning and mobility a reality
  • improve the quality and efficiency of education and training
  • promote equity, social cohesion, and active citizenship
  • enhance creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training     

By 2020, the EU aims to ensure that:

  • 95% of children should participate in early childhood education
  • fewer than 15% of 15-year-olds should be under-skilled in reading, mathematics and science
  • the rate of early leavers from education and training aged 18-24 should be below 10%
  • 40% of people aged 30-34 should have completed some form of higher education
  • 15% of adults should participate in lifelong learning
  • 20% of higher education graduates and 6% of 18-34 year-olds with an initial vocational qualification should have spent some time studying or training abroad
  • the share of recent graduates in employment should be at least 82%