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Ensuring comparable statistics on education and lifelong learning

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Ensuring comparable statistics on education and lifelong learning

The production of comparable statistical data is essential for the development of education and lifelong learning strategies, and to monitor the implementation of these strategies.

ACT

Regulation (EC) No 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning.

SUMMARY

WHAT DOES THE REGULATION DO?

It establishes a common framework on statistical standards for the production of harmonised data in the area of education and lifelong learning.

KEY POINTS

The regulation covers the following domains:

  • 1.

    education and training systems;

  • 2.

    adult participation in lifelong learning;

  • 3.

    other statistics on education and lifelong learning (learning throughout a person’s lifetime whether for personal or professional reasons).

The production of European Union-level statistics are implemented by individual statistical actions including:

  • for the first two domains, regular and timely delivery of statistics by EU countries;
  • within the scope of the third domain, the use of supplementary variables and indicators from other statistical information systems and surveys;
  • developing, improving and updating standards and manuals that define frameworks, concepts and methods;
  • improving data quality within the context of the quality framework.

The Commission will take into consideration the available capacities of EU countries with regard to the above actions. For the collected data, consideration will be given to regional and gender aspects whenever possible.

The Commission (Eurostat) will also collaborate with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Institute for Statistics, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and other international organisations to ensure the comparability and avoid the duplication of data at international level.

Education systems (UOE)

School years 2010/2011 and 2011/2012: Commission Regulation (EU) No 88/2011 of 2 February 2011 as regards statistics on education and training systems.

From school year 2012/2013 onwards: Commission Regulation (EU) No 912/2013 of 23 September 2013 as regards statistics on education and training systems.

Adult education survey (AES)

2011 AES: Commission Regulation (EU) No 823/2010 of 17 September 2010 as regards statistics on the participation of adults in lifelong learning.

2016 AES: Commission Regulation (EU) No 1175/2014 of 30 October 2014 as regards statistics on the participation of adults in lifelong learning.

BACKGROUND

The strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training adopted in May 2009 sets a number of benchmarks to be achieved by 2020. Progress is assessed in the EU countries through the yearly country analysis, with the EU also providing recommendations.

On the basis of the information provided, a 2015 joint report will identify priority areas and concrete issues for future work at European level. The joint report is expected to be adopted in November 2015.

For more information, see education and training statistics on Eurostat’s website.

REFERENCES

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EC) No 452/2008

24.6.2008

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OJ L 145 of 4.6.2008, pp. 227-233

RELATED ACTS

Commission Regulation (EU) No 823/2010 of 17 September 2010 implementing Regulation (EC) No 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning, as regards statistics on the participation of adults in lifelong learning (OJ L 246, 18.9.2010, pp. 33-72).

Commission Regulation (EU) No 88/2011 of 2 February 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning, as regards statistics on education and training systems (OJ L 29, 3.2.2011, pp. 5-27).

Commission Regulation (EU) No 912/2013 of 23 September 2013 implementing Regulation (EC) No 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning, as regards statistics on education and training systems (OJ L 252 of 24.9.2013, pp. 5-10).

Commission Regulation (EU) No 1175/2014 of 30 October 2014 implementing Regulation (EC) No 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning, as regards statistics on the participation of adults in lifelong learning and repealing Commission Regulation (EU) No 823/2010 (OJ L 316, 4.11.2014, pp. 4-43).

last update 24.07.2015

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