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Mission and activities

The mission of the Eurydice Network is:

To provide those responsible for education systems and policies in Europe with European-level analyses and information which will assist them in their decision making.

The Eurydice network primarily focuses on the way education in Europe is structured and organised at all levels. It provides a vast source of information, including

• Detailed descriptions and overviews of national education systems

• Comparative thematic reports devoted to specific topics of Community interest

• Factual reports related to education, such as national education structures, school calendars, comparison of salaries and of required taught time per countries and education levels.

All reports are available free of charge or in print (if in stock) upon request. To be informed of our new publications, please register to the RSS feed available on our home page or subscribe to our newsletter.

The Eurydice network's work programme highlights the work to be carried out in 2017/18. You will find here a leaflet describing the Eurydice activities in different languages.


Organisation

The Eurydice network supports and facilitates European cooperation in the field of lifelong learning by providing information on education systems and policies in 38 countries and by producing studies on issues common to European education systems. It consists of:

42 national units based in 38 countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme (28 Member States, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey)

• a coordinating unit based in the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels

Since 1980, the Eurydice network has been one of the strategic mechanisms established by the European Commission and Member States to support European cooperation in the field of education. Since 2014, Eurydice has been included in Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. It is an action of Key Action 3 (Support for policy reform) of the programme.


Cooperation with other partners

Eurydice cooperates closely with several European and international organisations. Eurydice produces joint reports with both Eurostat (Statistical Office of the European Communities) and Cedefop (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) as a result of the increasingly close association between education and training. It also collaborates closely with the NESLI Network and conducts activities with the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) e.g. on data related to instruction time. CRELL (Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning) is a partner in the field of indicators. Eurydice also cooperates with the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education.

Finally, the coordinating unit in EACEA (A7 - Education and Youth Policy Analysis) supports the Commission in the work it undertakes with international organisations such as the Council of Europe, and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).