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European Union


The European Union (EU) supports education in development cooperation at country, regional and global levels. At the global level, the EU is actively supporting GPE.
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Aid to education

The European Commission’s strategic priorities in education are:

  • Quality of education
  • Vocational training
  • Addressing inequalities

In 2016, the European Commission announced that it will increase its contribution to education in emergencies in 2017 to 6% of its humanitarian aid budget. The increase amounts to a six-fold increase since 2014.

The European Commission, is the body with direct responsibility for the European Union’s aid programs. It is divided into Directorates-General.

The European Union and GPE

The European Commission is the GPE Board representative for the Donor 5 constituency. FranceGermanyItaly, and Spain are also members of this constituency. In addition, the European Commission sits on the Finance and Risk Committee.

The European Commission hosted the second GPE replenishment conference in Brussels (2014).

Priorities for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda mirror GPE’s  initiatives in many aspects and include:

  • A “data revolution” to enhance ODA transparency and accountability
  • Robust mobilization of domestic public finance
  • Domestic and international private sector actors
Last updated May 16, 2017