Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

Successor programme

ET-SOCRATES 1
To increase and improve dissemination of information on education policy developments in the Community, and to facilitate the process of mutual enquiry between Member States which can enhance their individual capacity to produce national reforms in the light of a wider European awareness of policy developments.

Abstract

EURYDICE, the Education Information Network in the European Community, came into operation in 1980 following the Council Resolution on the first action programme in the field of education. In the same Resolution the Council agreed to improve knowledge of the Member States' education systems by the organization of study visits for education specialists (ARION programme).

In its first phase EURYDICE has developed a capacity to support specific projects set up under the auspices of the European Community Education Action Programme and at the same time to facilitate the process of mutual enquiry between Member States.

Subdivision

Two categories of services:
- General information on all Community action in the field of education, training and youth;
- Information on the education policy of each Member State and on the organization of its education system.

Implementation

The management of EURYDICE is assured by regular meetings of the EURYDICE Steering group, bringing together the heads of the national EURYDICE Units and the European Unit under the chairmanship of a representative of the Commission.

Each Member State relays the information via one or more National Units. The European Unit is responsible for stimulating the network and coordinating its activities.

Focal points designated in each Member State deal with data on the introduction of new information technologies, the teaching of foreign languages and academic recognition.

The Education Committee of the European Community oversees the general development of EURYDICE.
Record Number: 175 / Last updated on: 2014-03-05