European Commission logoExpert groups are consultative bodies that advise the Commission on the preparation of legislative proposals and policy initiatives, the implementation of legislation, programmes and existing Union policies, and the preparation of delegated acts. The Commission and its services remain fully independent with regard to taking into account the views expressed by expert groups. Over the years, there have been a number of expert groups working in the areas covered by the Directorate General for Education, Audiovisual, and Culture (DG EAC). These groups, like all other groups created by other Directorates General of the Commission, are published in the Register of Commission expert groups and other similar entities . The Register provides useful details about each group, including the Commission service to which it reports and the mission, duties and composition of the group. The rules applicable to Commission expert groups are set out in the guidelines adopted by the College of Commissioners .
Higher Education
Modernisation of Higher Education
The key focus is on peer learning among Member States to explore ways to support the modernisation of higher education through the identification and dissemination of good practices in curricular, governance, and funding reforms. The main objectives are to:

  • increase attainment levels;
  • improve the quality and relevance of higher education;
  • strengthen quality through mobility and cross-border co-operation;
  • link higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development;
  • improve governance and funding.

More information on the Thematic Group for the Modernisation of Higher Educationpdf(26 kB) Choose translations of the previous link
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Adult Learning
Quality in Adult Learning
The group was tasked with developing a quality framework which will inform and guide both Member States and individual providers on the provision of high quality adult learning. It aimed to explore synergies and strengthen the policy links/interface between EU policy development on quality in VET, higher education, and adult learning.
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Financing Adult Learning
The Thematic Working Group on Financing Adult Learning explored existing good practices and produced policy recommendations aimed at assisting Member States in improving the efficiency and coherence of financing adult learning. The group will identify financial mechanisms and tools that balance the responsibility of private-public funding.
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Vocational education and training (VET)
Vocational education and training (VET) Trainers
The main focus of this working group has been on VET trainers at the workplace in both initial and continuing VET. Through peer learning among policy-makers and experts in the field, the working group shared knowledge and helped develop policy guidance as regards vocational trainers’ competences and continuing professional development. The final report of the group will be available in Spring 2014. See more...