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Education & Training in the European Union

Latest news on the European Union's education and training policies.

Culture & the European Union - Frequently asked questions
On 10 May 2007, the European Commission adopted a Communication entitled "A European agenda for culture in a globalizing world". Whilst the Communication is not the first in the field of culture, this is the first time the Commission has proposed a common European strategy for culture in the EU.

Study visits catalogue
The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) is the European Union's reference centre for vocational education and training. It provides information on and analyses of vocational education and training systems, policies, research and practice.

Effects on the European Economy of Shortages of Foreign Language Skills in Enterprise
This study was commissioned by the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission in December 2005 and undertaken by the UK National Centre for Languages, in collaboration with an international team of researchers. Its objective was to provide the Commission and decision-takers in Member States with practical information and analysis of the use of language skills by SMEs and the impact on business performance.

Innovation at Work: The European Human Capital Index
In a landmark study, the Lisbon Council weighs into the current debate surrounding innovation by looking at the way Human Capital is developing in 13 European countries. The study predicts major challenges for key European countries – such as Germany and Italy – that do too little to invest in and develop their human capital. If current trends are not reversed, the study says citizens of Sweden and Ireland (which invest heavily in their human capital) could enjoy a living standard up to twice as high as citizens of Germany and Italy – a trend which would turn the traditional economic hierarchy of Europe on its head.

Education, Training and Youth in the EU
The opportunities which the EU offers its citizens for living, studying and working in other countries make a major contribution to cross-cultural understanding, personal development and the realisation of the EU's full economic potential. Each year, well over one million EU citizens of all ages benefit from EU-funded educational, vocational and citizenship-building programmes.

EU Tenders - Education
Today's EU tenders covering Education business sectors from 'Tenders Electronic Daily' (TED)

PLOTEUS Learning Opportunities portal
PLOTEUS (Portal on Learning Opportunities throughout the European Space) aims to help students, job seekers, workers, parents, guidance counsellors and teachers to find out information about studying in Europe.

Eurydice
Information Network on Education in Europe includes a searchable database of all the EU's education programmes. Eurydice is committed, first and foremost, to offering policy-makers and all those involved in the provision of education with information and studies geared to their needs. The Network boosts European cooperation in education by developing exchanges of information about systems and policies and producing studies on issues common to education systems.

Languages of Europe
Official languages of Europe statistics: The official EU languages; Policy issues; Awareness raising; Language teaching; Language learning; EU funding opportunities; Key documents; Useful links