Council of the European Union - Education, youth, culture and sport


The Education, Youth and Culture (EYC) Council brings together education, culture, youth, communication and sports Ministers around three or four times a year. It usually adopts its decisions by a qualified majority (apart from on cultural affairs, where it acts unanimously) and in codecision with the European Parliament.

The European Community's aim is to contribute to the development of quality education, the implementation of a vocational training policy and the flowering of Member States' cultures, bringing the common cultural heritage to the fore, while fully respecting the responsibility of the Member States for defining the content of teaching and vocational training and organising education and vocational training systems, as well as their national and regional cultural diversity.

Tasks of the European Union and the member states:

  • contributing to the development of the teaching and dissemination of languages in order to develop the European dimension in education and training
  • improving the knowledge and dissemination of the culture and history of the European peoples and safeguarding cultural heritage of European significance
  • encouraging mobility of students and teachers by encouraging the mutual recognition of diplomas and periods of study
  • promoting cooperation between educational and training establishments and, in particular with regard to training, with business
  • improving initial and continuing vocational training with a view to facilitating the integration of citizens into the labour market, their adaptation to industrial change and their possible vocational retraining
  • stimulating artistic and literary creation


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