European documents

Strategies, Conventions, Standards and Instructions

„EUROPE 2020“ (Е 2020) is the EU’s growth strategy towards becoming a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. The Union has set five ambitious objectives – on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy – to be reached by 2020.

“Education and Training 2020” (ET 2020) is a new strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training that builds on its predecessor, the “Education and Training 2010” (ET 2010) work programme. It provides common strategic objectives for the Member States, including a set of principles for achieving these objectives, as well as common working methods with priority areas for each periodic work cycle.

Convention on the recognition of qualifications concerning higher education in the European region

Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area

The framework of qualifications for the European Higher Education Area

The European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF)

The development of national qualifications frameworks in Europe

More information on the European Qualification Framework can be found here.

Coherent framework of indicators and benchmarks for monitoring progress towards the Lisbon objectives in education and training

Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing “Erasmus+”: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport

Erasmus+ Programme Guide

More on Quality in Education and Training within the European framework can be found here.


Reports and recommendations

Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe 2018 is a document that contains more than 35 structural indicators on education policies in six areas: early childhood education and care (ECEC), achievement in basic skills, early leaving from education and training (ELET), higher education, graduate employability and learning mobility.

Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, on the priorities for enhanced European cooperation in vocational education and training for the period 2011-2020

Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes – Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions


Research and studies

The Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2013 – Main findings from the survey and implications for education and training policies in EuropeTALIS 2013 Results

Programme for International Student Assessment – PISA 2012 Results in Focus

The Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) 2013: Implications for education and training policies in Europe


Useful links

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

The European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)

The European Association of Institutions in Higher Education

European University Association

Council of Europe (CoE) – Education

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – Education

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

Eurydice Network

Description of National Education Systems (Eurydice)

The European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET)

TALIS – The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey

The Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE)

European Center for Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)

The Centre for Research on Education and Lifelong Learning (CRELL)


Last modified: November 28, 2019