Third European Education Summit: Digital Education Transformation

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread disruption to education and training provision by schools, higher education institutions, early childhood education and care (ECEC), vocational and non-formal education centres, across Europe.

The crisis has shown that the use of distance and online learning is essential to ensuring the continuity of education and training provision.

Yet, numerous obstacles impede the full deployment of online and distance learning, including:

  • lacking availability of stable, high-speed internet connectivity and suitable devices
  • the exclusion of learners who do not have access to necessary technology
  • difficulties in adapting to distance and online learning among educators and training staff
  • challenges for parents and carers in combining work and supporting their children’s learning

The Third European Education Summit provides the opportunity to stakeholders, including national education ministers, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and representatives of the education and training ecosystem, to gather online to:

  • discuss the digital transformation of Europe’s education systems in the context of the COVID-19 recovery
  • exchange experiences and best practices in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on education and training provision
  • provide feedback on the Commission’s vision to create a European Education Area by 2025 and to implement the Digital Education Action Plan

Together, we can build a resilient European Education Area which addresses challenges, such as sustainability, digitalisation and ensuring inclusivity.

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(Timings and sessions may be subject to change)

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General Moderator: Diana Madill, former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) moderator

11:40 – 12:15 | Break and match-making opportunities

13:15 – 14:00 | Lunch break

16:30 – 16:50 | Break

17:10 – 18:00 | Virtual drink and networking opportunity


Stay tuned for more details!

Ursula von der Leyen

President, European Commission.



Margaritis Schinas

Vice-President for Promoting the European Way of Life, European Commission.



Mariya Gabriel

European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, European Commission.



Nicolas Schmit

European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, European Commission.



Sabine Verheyen

Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Group of the European People’s Party (EPP), Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT).



Dr. Simona Kustec

Minister for Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia.



Judit Polgár

Chess Grandmaster.

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