European education area

04-03-2020

The idea of a European education area emerged in November 2017 when the European Council met for the Social Summit in Gothenburg to discuss how to enhance the European Union's efforts in the area of education and culture. In the same month, the European Commission launched its vision for a European education area by 2025 'in which learning, studying and doing research would not be hampered by borders'. The Bologna process, which created greater compatibility between universities in the European Union (EU) and beyond, Erasmus+, the EU's programme for education, training, youth and sport and its predecessor programmes, and the framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET2020) are all precursors of this vision. The Commission has announced its intention to renew these activities with a number of initiatives planned for 2020, such as the European universities initiative, to focus on making the European education area a reality.

The idea of a European education area emerged in November 2017 when the European Council met for the Social Summit in Gothenburg to discuss how to enhance the European Union's efforts in the area of education and culture. In the same month, the European Commission launched its vision for a European education area by 2025 'in which learning, studying and doing research would not be hampered by borders'. The Bologna process, which created greater compatibility between universities in the European Union (EU) and beyond, Erasmus+, the EU's programme for education, training, youth and sport and its predecessor programmes, and the framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET2020) are all precursors of this vision. The Commission has announced its intention to renew these activities with a number of initiatives planned for 2020, such as the European universities initiative, to focus on making the European education area a reality.