The EU: Education and training, young people, culture and sport

Work on education and training, young people, culture and sport has a key role to play in achieving the EU's strategic objective of becoming the world’s most competitive and knowledge-based economy. A dynamic and efficient internal market for education and vocational training is a prerequisite for achieving this.

More about education, youth, culture and sport on the Council of the European Union website

EU education and training policy

EU cooperation in the area of education and training is not to harmonise the Member States’ legislation, but the EU does have the competence to promote cooperation between the Member States.

At the same time, the Europe 2020 strategy has led to a new dynamic in education issues in the EU. The strategy's overarching objective in the education area will be translated into national targets that will be followed up regularly. Education and training is playing an increasingly important role in achieving the common goals of growth and employment.

Europe 2020

The EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, Erasmus+, runs for seven years up to 2020. The overall objective of the programme is to improve quality in European education and in European cooperation in the youth area, and a small part of the programme also concerns sport. The highest priority is mobility: Erasmus+ is intended to facilitate and stimulate cross-border mobility of students, young people, teachers, etc.

More about education, training and youth policy on the official EU website

EU policy for culture and sport

The EU is to contribute to the development of the cultural and audiovisual sector, while respecting national and regional diversity. The EU is also to promote European sport issues and in doing so take account of the distinctive nature of sport. Measures are to promote cooperation between Member States.

Directive on audiovisual media services without borders (Audiovisual Media Services Directive)

Sections of the directive cover matters regulated by the Swedish Constitution. There are a number of different Swedish interests that need to be balanced, such as strong support for a developed single market, open and free internet, strong consumer protection especially with regard to alcohol advertising, advertising targeting children, and advertising for gambling.