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European Education Area

Quality education and training for all

Education levels

European Union Member States organise their education and training systems according to common levels.

Discover what the EU is doing to achieve the EEA at each level and type of education.


Explore EU initiatives by education level

Early childhood education and care

Early childhood education and care refers to any regulated arrangement that provides education and care for children from birth to compulsory primary school age.

School education

The EU works with its Member States to support the development of quality national school education systems and promote collaboration on issues of shared concern.

Higher education

The EU cooperates with higher education institutions and Member States to accelerate the transformation of an open and inclusive higher education system in Europe.

Vocational education and training

Vocational education and training prepares people for work and develops citizens skills to remain employable and respond to the needs of the economy.

Adult learning

Adult learning refers to a range of formal and informal learning activities, both general and vocational, undertaken by adults after leaving initial education and training.