Europe 2020 headline indicators on education

Europe 2020 headline indicators on education

According to new figures for 2012 released today by Eurostat, a majority of EU Member States have made progress on the Europe 2020 education targets to reduce the rate of early school leaving to below 10% and increase the share of young people with higher education (tertiary or equivalent) qualifications to above 40% by 2020. However, there are still wide disparities between Member States and between women and men. The share of young people leaving school early now stands at 12.8% on average in the EU, down from 13.5% in 2011.

In 2012, 35.8% of 30-34 year olds in the EU had completed tertiary education, compared with 34.6% in 2010 and 28% in 2005.


The figures were compiled by Eurostat as part of the EU Labour Force Survey, which provides data on the situation in the EU labour market and trends, including participation and attainment in education and training.


Next steps

Member States, agreed at the [ ]Council meeting in February 2013 to focus on improving the performance of young people at high risk of early school leaving and with low basic skills.

Next month, the European Commission will assess the measures taken by Member States to achieve the headline targets in the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs. It may also propose country specific recommendations.

The Commission will also report on latest developments concerning early school leaving and tertiary attainment in the upcoming Education and Training Monitor (autumn 2013).


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