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Quality investment in education and training

The European Union (EU) will channel more funds than ever into education and training over the next seven years through the Recovery and Resilience Facility, amongst other policy instruments. 

Major support will be made available for necessary reforms and investments in education and training from infrastructure and building construction to the training of teaching staff, digital devices and funding for open educational resources.

The Commission is providing specific support to local, regional and national authorities to make the best use of available funds through mutual learning and the exchange of best practices regarding investment in education infrastructure.  

This will contribute to making the European Education Area a reality by 2025 and support a lasting recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, notably by accelerating the digital transition

The Commission will also promote the greening of education infrastructure to meet today’s energy standards and improve green spaces on school premises.

This will help to encourage interaction and learning outcomes, while responding to the demand for new competences and pedagogies. 

Expert Group on quality investment in education and training

As announced in the Communication on Achieving the European Education Area by 2025, an expert group on quality investment in education and training is supporting this process. The members of the expert group were presented on 27 April 2021.

The expert group carries out an in-depth analysis of existing evidence to help EU Member States to identify policy options boosting education outcomes and inclusiveness, while improving the efficiency of spending.

It focuses its analysis on those areas that represent the bulk of education expenditure and may have a major impact on education outcomes, in particular:

  • teachers and trainers
  • the management of education infrastructure and related resources 
  • digital education and competence development

Each area covers all levels of education and training from early childhood education and care to adult education and is accompanied by a cost-benefit analysis and an examination of the budgetary implications for different policy suggestions.

The first meeting of the Expert Group took place in spring 2021.

Interim report of the Expert Group

On 19 January 2022, the Commission published an interim report, which presents preliminary findings and recommendations to support EU Member States to invest more effectively and equitably in education.

The expert group is expected to produce a final report, due in September 2022. This will also include analysis of

  • public spending in early childhood education
  • compensatory policies for socioeconomic disadvantage
  • higher education and transition to the labour market
  • vocational education and training and adult education

Boosting social and economic resilience in Europe 

On 19 February 2021, the Commission published a report on ‘Boosting Social and Economic Resilience in Europe by Investing in Education’.

This economic paper focuses on the social and economic resilience that might be achieved through well-designed and targeted investment in education and training.

The report also discusses the implications of COVID-19-related school closures in early 2020 on individuals (students, teachers and parents), educational institutions and systems. 

Related content

'Interim report of the Commission expert group on quality investment in education and training'

News: 'First meeting of the Expert Group on quality investment in education and training' (4 May 2021)

News: 'Commission Expert Group on quality investment in education and training - call for expression of interest' (19 February 2021)

Commission expert group on quality investment in education and training

'Boosting Social and Economic Resilience in Europe by Investing in Education' - executive summary

'Boosting Social and Economic Resilience in Europe by Investing in Education' - full report

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