Shaping European Education Area

Mariya Gabriel accented on putting teachers at the center of the actions

At a video conference on Monday, EU education ministers held a debate on the goals and priorities of the cooperation in education and training among Member States in order to achieve a European Education Area by 2025.

Taking into account this overall objective, ministers expressed their view about the most relevant strategic goals and priority issues that the Member States cooperation in the field of education and training should focus on in the next 5 to 10 years.

Ministers confirmed their countries’ support for the European Education Area and its main goals and welcomed the Commission communication 'Achieving the European Education Area by 2025' published on 30 September 2020.

They identified some open questions, such as the governance mechanism of the European Education Area and the Union level targets proposed to be reached by 2030.

Many ministers called for a continuity in relation to the current governance structure and shared the view that national competences need to be respected.

Quality of education, enhanced language learning, increased mobility, gender equality and mutual recognition of qualifications were among the priorities mentioned in order to successfully build the European Education Area.

Following the meeting, Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth commented that they had a constructive discussion during the last meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education for the German Presidency.

“The education sector has faced many challenges due to the pandemic. Now is the time to take a fresh look at the priorities for the next decade,  guaranteeing quality and inclusive education, including digitally, and putting teachers at the center of our actions,” Commissioner Gabriel stressed.

She also underlined that the new Digital Education Action Plan is resolutely supported by EU countries.

Ministers also showed broad consensus on the need to put the upskilling and training of teachers and educators at the heart of the efforts to build the European Education Area. Some delegations suggested to offer a better career prospects to teachers and educators and to find ways to ensure the attractiveness of the teaching profession.

On the targets proposed in the Commission communication to be reached by 2030, many ministers insisted on taking into account national circumstances and specificities, and called for the development of indicators which would take into account the diversity of national educational systems.

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