European Commission

Education & Training

Supporting education and training in Europe and beyond.

Research & Innovation

This site is designed to help you find out about European Research & Innovation. Whether you are a researcher or a teacher, in business or in politics, there is something for you here. You can read about the latest political decisions, or the latest advances in research; there is even a set of online leaflets about European Research in Action, written for the non-specialist and available in 11 or more languages.

European Research Area (ERA)

A unified area open to the world, in which scientific knowledge, technology and researchers circulate freely.

Joint Programming

Research efforts can be essential to address major societal challenges. In some cases these are so great that national research programmes cannot tackle them effectively on their own. Yet, the vast bulk of research programmes in Europe are run in an isolated way, leading to unwanted fragmentation or ineffectiveness. Joint programming aims to remedy this situation.

European national research programmes are amongst the first and best in the world, but they cannot tackle some of today’s major societal challenges alone. Such challenges include, for example, addressing climate change, ensuring energy and food supply or a healthy ageing of citizens.

JPI Urban Europe

JPI Urban Europe fosters not only an alignment of research programmes and strategies but provides an environment for bottom-up driven engagement of various urban actors. Becoming a full member of JPI Urban Europe requires an application of a governmental body responsible for urban research and innovation (ministry, research funding agencies, research council). Candidate members can download the PDF ’JPI UE Membership’. Besides this formal participation there are various opportunities for interested parties to join in specific activities or actions.


Provides services for smart city applications, creates business opportunities and improves public’s quality of life using Open Data.


Your key to European statistics.

Statistics Explained

Statistics Explained is an official Eurostat website presenting statistical topics in an easily understandable way. Together, the articles make up an encyclopedia of European statistics for everyone, completed by a statistical glossary clarifying all terms used and by numerous links to further information and the latest data and metadata, a portal for occasional and regular users.

Lifelong learning statistics

This article provides an overview of lifelong learning statistics in the European Union (EU), on the basis of data collected through the labour force survey (LFS), supplemented by the adult education survey (AES).

The Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI)

The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness.

International Cooperation and Development – DG DEVCO

The Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is responsible for designing European international cooperation and development policy and delivering aid throughout the world.


Programa de educación, formación, juventud y deporte de la UE.

Knowledge alliances

Knowledge Alliances are transnational projects which bring higher education institutions and business together to work on common issues.


eTwinning es la comunidad de centros escolares de Europa. Ofrece una plataforma a los equipos educativos (profesorado, equipos directivos, personal de biblioteca, etc.) de los centros escolares de los países europeos participantes, para comunicarse, colaborar, desarrollar proyectos, compartir o lo que es lo mismo: sentirse y formar parte de la comunidad educativa más atractiva de Europa.

European Research Council

The ERC’s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is responsible for the management of certain parts of the EU’s funding programmes in the fields of education, culture, audiovisual, sport, citizenship and volunteering.


The eLearning programme encourages: the promotion of digital literacy; the strengthening of virtual campuses; the improvement of tools and methodologies related to e-learning; and e-cooperation among organisations and practitioners in the educational and training systems.

European Development Days (EDD)

Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

European Maker Week

The European Maker Week Is an initiative promoted by European Commission and implemented by Maker Faire Rome in collaboration with Startup Europe, aim to draw European citizens to the “Maker world” and the FabLab, Makerspaces, Hackersapce and the Hardware Startups Environment.

The aims of European Maker Week are two folds:

  1. To create awareness about the importance of the maker culture to foster an education of creativity and innovation in all schools across Europe.
  2. To build bridges between local authorities and media and the main players of their own local makers ecosystems.

We particularly want to reach out to new players (e.g. Schools) who have never organized a maker event before.

Learning Analytics Community Exchange -LACE project

The Learning Analytics Community Exchange was an EU funded project in the 7th Framework Programme involving nine partners from across Europe. LACE partners are passionate about the opportunities afforded by current and future views of learning analytics (LA) and educational data mining (EDM) but we were concerned about missed opportunities and failing to realise value.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Commission’s framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is an Initiative of the European Commission that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. Based on article 8 of ERDF, the Initiative has a total ERDF budget of EUR 372 million for 2014-2020.
Approximately 359 million people – 72% of the total EU population – live in cities, towns and suburbs. Urban areas face multiple and interconnected challenges related to employment, migration, demography, water and soil pollution… But, they are also engines of new ideas and solutions, dynamic places where changes happen on a larger scale and at a fast pace.

To answer the increasingly complex challenges they face, urban authorities need to go beyond traditional policies and services – they need to be bold and innovative.


The European catalogue of study visits and seminars in companies for students and teachers, young and adults, employed and unemployed, companies and privates.

Centro Europeo para el Desarrollo de la Formación Profesional

El Cedefop es una de las agencias descentralizadas de la UE. Creado (1) en 1975 y con sede en Grecia desde 1995, el Cedefop apoya el desarrollo de políticas de educación y formación profesionales (EFP) y contribuye a su aplicación. La agencia auxilia a la Comisión Europea, a los Estados miembros y a los interlocutores sociales en el desarrollo de políticas europeas pertinentes en materia de EFP.


La Unión Europea tiene como objetivo crear oportunidades que generen beneficios concretos, estimulen la creación de empleo y mejoren la calidad de vida a nivel local.

Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions.

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