Answer to Written Question: Education severely affected by the pandemic

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Ms Urpilainen

on behalf of the European Commission


To counter the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Next Generation EU and the new Multiannual Financial Framework have put more resources than ever at the disposal of the Member States to modernise their education and training systems. The Commission has encouraged the Member States to use the Recovery and Resilience Facility for key reforms and investment in education and training. Resources will be also available under several EU programmes[1]. The Commission’s Communication on Achieving a European Education Area[2] intends to intensify work on investment in education and training. The Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027[3], offers a strategic approach focused on two key priorities: contributing to a high-performing digital education system in the EU, and enhancing the digital skills and competences for all.

In the external dimension, education is a top priority. The Commission has committed to increasing EU’s external funding for education in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Asia and the Pacific, from around 7% to at least 10%[4][5]. To ensure that education is a key driver to building back better, priorities are quality education, in particular investing in teachers; equity and equality, focusing on girls and digital innovations; and investing in skills. The EU also puts Domestic Resource Mobilisation high on the agenda of policy dialogues with partner countries to preserve the space for education.

The EU has also increased its funding with the recent unprecedented pledge of EUR 700 million for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), to support basic education in countries most in need[6]. The EU is also seeking to leverage the wealth of expertise and experience within the EU, in its Member States, for the benefit of its international partners by designing on a Team Europe approach to global education[7].

[1] Such as Erasmus+, the European Social Fund+, the European Regional and Development Fund, the Digital Europe programme or the InvestEU fund.







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