(26 April 2019) – Today, Eurostat publishes the most recent data for the EU and its Member States on achievement against the two Europe 2020 education headline targets.
The Europe 2020 strategy’s target is that at least 40% of 30-34-year-olds in the European Union should have completed tertiary education by 2020. Reaching the level of 40.7%, the EU crossed this threshold in 2018.
Sixteen Member States have already met or exceeded their 2020 national target for this indicator: Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Finland and Sweden.
Meanwhile, the share of early leavers from education and training (aged 18-24) has steadily decreased in the EU, from 17.0% in 2002 to 10.6% in 2018. The Europe 2020 target is to reduce the rates of early school leaving in the EU to below 10% by 2020.
Thirteen Member States have already fulfilled their 2020 national target for this indicator: Belgium, Ireland, Greece, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Slovenia.