Achieving a European Education Area by 2025

By Aoileann Ní Bhroin

Posted: 9 October, 2020

On the 30th of September 2020, the European Commission adopted three initiatives with the aim of achieving The European Education Area by 2025, a new Digital Education Action Plan for 2021-2027 and a new European Research Area.

Please see below more information about these exciting developments.


European Education Area 2025

The Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel has stated that

“The European Education Area and the Digital Education Action Plan are both essential for European recovery and future growth.”

Increased student and staff mobility has produced a myriad of new opportunities and greatly enhanced existing cooperation between Higher Education Institutions. The European Education Area will build and expand on existing achievements in this area.

The European Education Area is made up of six key pillars:

  1. Quality
  2. Inclusion and Gender
  3. Green & Digital Transitions
  4. Teachers & Trainers
  5. Higher Education
  6. Geopolitical Dimension

It will be supported by Europe’s Recovery Plan(NextGenerationEU) and the Erasmus+ Programme and will work with the European Skills Agenda, the Vocational Education and Training Policy and the European Research area.

Please see below a Factsheet on the European Education Area and a Communication from the European Commission on Achieving the European Education Area by 2025.


European Education Area Factsheet

Communication from the European Commission on achieving the European Education Area by 2025

Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027

The Digital Education Action Plan is a set of initiatives aimed at promoting high quality, inclusive and accessible Digital Education across the European Union.

There was an open public consultation on this plan which took place between June and September 2020.

The new Action Plan has two strategic priorities:

  1. Fostering the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem and
  2. Enhancing digital skills and competences for the digital transformation

Please click below to read the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027.

More information about the Digital Education Action Plan and previous work on Digital Education can be accessed here.

Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027

European Research Area

The European Research area was launched in 2000 for the better organisation and integration of Europe’s research and innovation systems and to enhance cooperation.

The new European Research Area for Research and Innovation has four strategic objectives:

  1. Prioritise investments and reforms in research and innovation
  2. Improve access to excellent facilities and infrastructures for researchers across the EU
  3. Transfer results to the economy
  4. Strengthen mobility of researchers and free flow of knowledge and technology through greater cooperation among Member States.

More information about the European Research Area can be accessed here.

Please see below a Factsheet on the New European Research Area.

New European Research Area Factsheet

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