EU education objectives: programmes aligned but shortcomings in performance measurement

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Series Details Number 16/2016
Publication Date 02/07/2007
ISBN 978-92-872-5169-5
ISSN 1977-5679
EC QJ-AB-16-016-EN-N
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Investment in education is crucial for improving labour productivity, professional development and economic growth. The level of education achieved has a direct link to both employability and the quality of employment obtained.

The European Social Fund contributed nearly 34 billion euros to supporting education measures between 2007 and 2013 and plans to allocate a further 27 billion between 2014 and 2020.

We assessed whether the EU’s education objectives had been adequately considered in the programmes and related projects undertaken before 2013 and in their design for the future.

Overall, we concluded that they have been adequately considered. However, we found some shortcomings in monitoring and project performance could not always be demonstrated because of a lack of quantified objectives and indicators.

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