Skills are a crucial driver of the EU’s competitiveness and innovation capacity and a key determinant of social cohesion and personal well-being. Ongoing technological transformations and fast economic restructuring require people to engage in continuous learning throughout their lifetime. Member States are thus engaging in reforms to improve the capacity of their education and training systems to deliver high quality education and ensure their citizens have constant and equal access to it. The Commission supports them by providing expertise and exchange of relevant practices, thus complementing other available support.
In line with European Commission and national priorities, the Commission helps Member States reform their education and training systems in a way that both helps recovery from the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and makes them more resilient in the long term, tackling negative social impacts, in particular.
To do so, the Commission engages with Member States administrations on a wide range of topics. Beneficiaries include Ministries in charge of education, vocational education and training, employment, research and innovation, as well as relevant state agencies and regional authorities.