Eurydice network launched from 2024 in Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia

In the context of the start of negotiations on the accession of the Republic of Moldova to the European Union, new perspectives, including in the field of education, are opening for our country. In addition to the launch of the new Erasmus+ opportunities in the field of higher education, vocational education and training, youth and sports, starting from 2024 the Eurydice network is expanding in the space of the new candidate countries for membership of the European Union: Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia.

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Eurydice

Eurydice is a network established in 1980 by the European Commission and the Member States to support European cooperation in the field of education. All EU member states are part of Eurydice, along with some non-EU countries (48 national systems in total). Starting from 2024, the Eurydice network is part of the Erasmus+ programme. The European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is responsible for managing and promoting the network and its publications.

The Eurydice network helps improve education systems in Europe through providing high quality information on a wide range of aspects of education policy and practice. With the support of national units, Eurydice provides descriptions of national education systems, comparative studies devoted to specific topics, indicators and statistics. Eurydice reports show how countries tackle challenges at all education levels: early childhood education and care, primary and secondary education, higher education and adult learning.  

The National Erasmus+ Office in Moldova will be responsible for managing the Eurydice national unit, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Research and the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova. In the context of this news, the representatives of the Office participated on January 26 at the initiation event of the national Eurydice units from Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia in Brussels. During the event, it was strongly emphasized that the exchange of knowledge and experience between the new member countries of the Eurydice network will not only enrich educational practices, but also contribute to the creation of a more interconnected and harmonious European educational community.

Also, on February 21, the National Erasmus+ Office hosted the delegation consisting of Giuseppe Paglione, programme officer within the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova; Ludmila Pavlov, deputy secretary general of the Ministry of Education and Research (MECC) and Galina Rusu, state secretary in the fields of vocational technical education and the national qualifications framework of the MECC. During the meeting, the team of the Eurydice national unit was presented, as well as the objectives of the project and the perspectives of collaboration with the Ministry and the EU Delegation during the management of the Eurydice national unit.

With the inclusion of national units from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, the network responds to historical conditions and evolves into a broader platform for exchange and educational cooperation. The expansion of the Eurydice network signifies a collective commitment to build a more thorough, inclusive and innovative education system. This fact also underlines the opening of new paths for cross-border cooperation and the development of joint educational initiatives.