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EU cooperation in education and training (ET 2020)
WHAT DO THESE CONCLUSIONS DO?
Lifelong learning and mobility need to become a reality with education and vocational training systems being more responsive to change and to the wider world.
The quality and efficiency of education and training need to be improved by paying greater attention to raising the levels of basic skills such as literacy and numeracy, making mathematics, science and technology more attractive and strengthening linguistic abilities.
Equity, social cohesion and active citizenship need to be promoted so that all citizens, irrespective of their personal, social or economic circumstances, can continue to develop job-specific skills throughout their lifetime.
Creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, should be encouraged at all levels of education and training since these are key drivers of sustainable economic development. In particular, individuals should be helped to become digitally competent and to develop initiative, entrepreneurship and cultural awareness.
The 6 priorities for the 2016-2020 period are:
According to Article 14 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, ‘Everyone has the right to education and to have access to vocational and continuing training.’
For more information, see strategic framework — education and training 2020 on the European Commission’s website.
Council conclusions of 12 May 2009 on a strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020) (OJ C 119 of 28.5.2009, pp. 2-10)
2012 Joint Report of the Council and the Commission on the implementation of the Strategic Framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020) — ‘Education and Training in a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe’ (OJ C 70, 8.3.2012, pp. 9-18)
2015 Joint Report of the Council and the Commission on the implementation of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020) — New priorities for European cooperation in education and training (OJ C 417, 15.12.2015, pp. 25-35)
last update 29.02.2016