Consultation outcome

Education, vocational training and youth: review of the balance of competences

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

This report examines the balance of competences between the European Union and the United Kingdom in the area of education, vocational training and youth.

It has been led by the Department for Education (DfE) and reflects evidence submitted by experts, non-governmental organisations, and other interested parties, either in writing or orally, as well as other relevant material.

Where appropriate, the report sets out the current position agreed within the coalition government for handling this policy area in the EU. It does not predetermine or prejudge proposals that either coalition party may make in the future for changes either to the EU or to the balance of competences.

Feedback received

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Detail of feedback received

We received a number of submissions to the education, vocational training and youth call for evidence. The submissions, which were received from a broad range of stakeholders, were either in writing or oral. We also conducted a literature review of relevant material.

Original consultation


Call for evidence on education, vocational training and youth for the government’s review of the balance of competences between the UK and the European Union.

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Consultation description

The government is carrying out a review of the EU’s competences. The review will provide an analysis of what the EU does and how it affects the UK. See this detailed guide for full details of the review programme.

The Department for Education is leading on the report on education, vocational training and youth in the fourth semester of the review, together with the Cabinet Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The review focuses on policy cooperation in education, training and youth through the open method of coordination, as well as EU programmes to promote partnerships, links, mobility and the learning of languages.

We are looking for objective information about the impact or effect of the competence in your area of expertise. Anyone wishing to contribute to the review is asked to send their written views before week commencing 30 June 2014.


Published 27 March 2014
Last updated 18 December 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added full outcome report and feedback recieved.
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