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Development of statistics on education and lifelong learning
The purpose of this regulation is to establish a common framework on statistical standards for the production of harmonised data in the area of education and lifelong learning.
Regulation (EC) No 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning.
In order to develop education and lifelong learning strategies, and to monitor the implementation of these strategies, the production of comparable statistical data is of utmost importance. It is also essential that the statistical data production is based on a framework of consistent concepts. Consequently, this calls for the establishment of an integrated statistical information system on education, training and lifelong learning at the European Union (EU) level.
This regulation applies to the production of EU level statistics on education and lifelong learning, covering the following domains:
Education and training systems
Comparable data is sought especially on the participation in and completion of educational programmes and on costs and resources used for education and training. The data covers domestic educational activities and includes all student types and age groups. It also allows for the calculation of indicators on education and training systems. EU countries must supply data falling under this domain annually.
Adult participation in lifelong learning
The comparable data collected on the participation and non-participation of adults in lifelong learning concerns individuals in the 25-64 age group. The supplementary collection of data on participation in social and cultural activities is on a voluntary basis only. Data for this domain must be supplied every five years, beginning in 2010 at the earliest.
Other statistics on education and lifelong learning
This concerns comparable data that support specific EU policies not covered by the above two domains, such as statistics on human capital or on the social and economic benefits of education. This data is obtained from existing EU level sources.
Individual statistical actions are used to implement the production of EU level statistics. These include the following:
- for the first two domains, regular and timely delivery of statistics by EU countries;
- within the scope of the third domain, provision of supplementary variables and indicators through other statistical information systems and surveys;
- developing, improving and updating standards and manuals that define frameworks, concepts and methods;
- within the context of the quality framework, improving data quality.
The Commission will take into consideration the existing capacities of EU countries with regard to the above actions. For the collected data, consideration will be given to the regional and gender aspects whenever possible.
The Commission (Eurostat) will also strive to collaborate, where appropriate, with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Institute for Statistics (UIS), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and other international organisations to guarantee the comparability and avoid the duplication of data at an international level.
When new data requirements arise, or when the quality of the data is insufficient, the Commission will first launch voluntary pilot studies to be implemented by EU countries before the actual data collection.
In order to supplement the regulation, certain additional implementing measures are used to amend its non-essential elements. These include measures that provide for economic and technical developments in data collection, transmission and processing. If, on the basis of these measures, the need for supplementary data collection arises, any decisions will be taken only after a cost-benefit analysis is effectuated.
For EU countries, limited derogations and transition periods may be granted if need be, provided that these are based on objective reasons.
The Statistical Programme Committee assists the Commission in its work with regard to the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Regulation (EC) No 452/2008||
OJ L 145 of 4.6.2008