Council Resolution on a strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training towards the European Education Area and beyond (2021-2030)
The European Education Area is based on a decades of European cooperation in the field of education. The Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training (ET 2020) has helped build trust and mutual understanding in support of the first initiatives in the European Education Area and national reforms, also by responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Council of the European Union recently approved Council Resolution on a strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training towards the European Education Area and beyond (2021-2030), which sets out a new framework for European cooperation in education and training for the next decade and continues efforts to make the European Education Area a reality by 2025.
While moving towards the achievement of the European Education Area by 2025, the main goal of European cooperation in education and training should be to support the further development of education and training systems in the Member States which are aimed at ensuring:
- the personal, social and professional fulfilment of all citizens, whilst promoting democratic values, equality, social cohesion, active citizenship, and intercultural dialogue;
- sustainable economic prosperity, the green and digital transitions, and employability.
Specifically, during the next decade, the strategic framework will address the following five strategic priorities:
- Improving quality, equity, inclusion and success for all in education and training;
- Making lifelong learning and mobility a reality for all;
- Enhancing competences and motivation in the education profession;
- Reinforcing European higher education;
- Supporting the green and digital transitions in and through education and training.
The green and digital transitions are the core focus of the Union’s agenda for the next decade. Both the transition to an environmentally sustainable, circular and climate-neutral economy as well as a more digital world, will have significant social, economic and employment impacts. Without ensuring that all citizens obtain the necessary knowledge, competences, skills and attitudes to cope with these changes, a socially just transformation of the EU will be impossible.