European Union

European Union

Highlights

The EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development announced an additional contribution of €100 million to replenish the Global Partnership for Education on top of the €375 million...
As the Global Partnership for Education gears up for its replenishment, education advocates are predicting 2018 could be a pivotal year for global education, which has long languished behind global...
Discover the power of education through individual stories of children, youth, and teachers living in GPE partner developing countries.
Pledge for GPE 2nd replenishment 2015-2018:
EUR375,000,000
Share of 2nd replenishment total pledges:
22.40%
Total contributions:
US$316,375,064
Share of total contributions:
6.75%

Aid to education

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

The European Commission’s strategic priorities in education are:

  • Quality of education
  • Vocational training
  • Addressing inequalities

In 2017, the European Commission launched the “European Consensus on Development”, a shared vision and framework for action for development cooperation for the European Union (EU) and its member states. This blueprint reiterates the EU’s commitment to education for all as a prerequisite for youth employability and long-lasting development.

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 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 December 2017, the European Commission announced it will provide 287.5 million euros for the 2018-2020 period. (approx US$350m)

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

Last updated November 21, 2017