Research and Policy
Find here the latest resources and policy developments related to individual pupil mobility and the recognition of its learning outcomes
European Education Area by 2050
In 2020, the European Commission outlined its renewed vision for the European Education Area to be achieved by 2025, proposing new initiatives, more investment and stronger cooperation of Member States to help all Europeans, of all ages, benefit from the EU’s rich education and training offer. In May 2023, the Council of the EU approved its resolution “The European Education Area: Looking to 2025 and beyond” reinforcing the need to remove remaining obstacles to mobility, including by achieving automatic mutual recognition.
Council conclusions on further steps to make automatic mutual recognition in education and training a reality
In May 2023, the Council of Europe approved its conclusions on further steps to make automatic mutual recognition in education and training a reality. Building on the 2018 Council Recommendation on automatic recognition, it calls on Member States to continue taking steps to advance recognition and to develop relationships with relevant stakeholders.
Council Recommendation on automatic recognition (2018)
The Council Recommendation on promoting automatic mutual recognition of qualifications and learning periods abroad was adopted by the Council in 2018. With it, EU Member States made a political commitment to take steps to introduce automatic recognition by 2025, taking actions to build trust in each other’s education systems and to support Member States to improve recognition.
Evaluation Report of the Implementation of the 2018 Council Recommendation (2023)
The study on the implementation of the 2018 Council Recommendation on promoting automatic mutual recognition was developed by the European Commission in 2023. It provides an analysis of the state of play in the implementation of the Council Recommendation on promoting automatic mutual recognition adopted in 2018.
Expert Network on Recognition of outcomes of learning periods abroad in general secondary education
In 2020-2021, the ‘Expert Network on Recognition of outcomes of learning periods abroad in general secondary school’, led by EFIL, worked to support the European Commission in helping Member states to advance automatic recognition. Find here all the outcomes from the project aimed at supporting policy-makers, education professionals, pupils and parents in advancing recognition across all EU countries.
Proposal for a European Framework on automatic recognition
The Network of Experts developed a ‘proposal for a European Framework on recognition of outcomes of learning periods abroad in general upper secondary education‘ aimed at supporting the recognition of outcomes of learning periods among States, setting out general principles to then be adapted to the context of each Member State.
Analysis of recognition procedures across EU Member States
The Member states analysis sets out current recognition processes in the 27 EU Member States regarding general upper secondary education in light of the Council recommendation adopted in 2018. It identifies barriers and enablers to automatic mutual recognition and suggest potential ways forward at both European and national levels.
Training Model on Assessment of Transversal Competences
This Training model was created with the aim of supporting school heads and teachers in assessing transversal competences developed by pupils taking part in individual mobility. The objective is to recognise and value the development of transversal competences as a central dimension of pupil mobility.
Check the Knowledge and Stakeholder hubs at national level
Find the latest resources and policy developments at national level in Belgium [flanders], Poland and Estonia