Directorate-General for Education and Culture (EAC)

Source: Europa Nu.

This Directorate-General is responsible for the education and culture policy of the European Union. The DG is responsible for a series of programmes that contribute to the preservation of European values and prosperity and the participation of citizens in European integration.

The main tasks of this DG are:

  • building a Europe of knowledge (life long learning programmes, facilitating exchange programmes)
  • to preserve and develop cultural diversity in the EU in all in forms
  • to involve citizens in the proces of European integration in order to contribute to mutual understanding, trust and tolerance


Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 159 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
14.02.2024  Implementation and relevance of the EU Work Plan for Sport 2021-2024 and on the Recommendation on promoting health-enhancing physical activities across sectors.
Report com(2024)73
10.01.2024  European Year of Youth 2022.
Communication com(2024)1
15.11.2023  Proposal for a COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ‘Europe on the Move’ - learning mobility opportunities for everyone.
Recommendation com(2023)719
23.02.2023  Implementing the recommendation on promoting mutual recognition of higher education, secondary education, training qualifications and the outcomes of learning periods ...
Report com(2023)91
09.12.2022  Cultural dimension of sustainable development in EU actions.
Report com(2022)709


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 25 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by this Directorate-General, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
18.08.2020  Amendment of Decision No 445/2014/EU establishing a Union action for the European Capitals of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033.
Decision com(2020)384
11.07.2019  Strategic Innovation Agenda of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) 2021-2027: Boosting the Innovation Talent and Capacity of Europe.
Decision com(2019)330
11.07.2019  European Institute of Innovation and Technology (recast).
Regulation com(2019)331
30.01.2019  Provisions for the continuation of ongoing learning mobility activities under Erasmus+ in the context of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU.
Regulation com(2019)65
11.06.2018  European Solidarity Corps programme.
Regulation com(2018)440


Legislation in force

There are at least 16 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
18.04.2023  Key enabling factors for successful digital education and training.
Recommendation com(2023)205
18.04.2023  Improving the provision of digital skills in education and training.
Recommendation com(2023)206
22.05.2018  High Quality Early Childhood Education and Care Systems.
Recommendation com(2018)271
22.05.2018  Comprehensive approach to the teaching and learning of languages.
Recommendation com(2018)272
22.05.2018  Promoting automatic mutual recognition of higher education and upper secondary education diplomas and the outcomes of learning periods abroad.
Recommendation com(2018)270