European Education Area: Our reality by 2025

In line with article 14 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, education is a fundamental right and everyone has to have access to vocational and continuing training.

Everyone has the right to quality, accessible, affordable and inclusive education, training and lifelong learning in view of their integral personal development and in order to maintain and acquire skills that enable them to develop to their fullest potential personally and professionally, to participate fully in society and successfully manage the transition into the labour market.

For many years, we, as Socialists and Democrats, have campaigned for a European Pillar of Social Rights and insisted on recognising education, training and life-long learning as its first key principle.

It is time to deliver on the promises and outline clear measures, funding instruments and tools. It is only through access to education inspired to our shared values that form the basis of our common European identity that we can develop both critical thinking and openness as well as social well-being, inclusion and cohesion. Education systems of all Members States must offer equal educational opportunities everywhere in order to ensure equal living conditions.

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Position paper
S&D position paper on European Education Area: our reality for 2025