Eurostat data monitors Europe 2020 targets for early-school leaving and higher education attainment
Figures for 2011 released by Eurostat in the framework of the Labour Force Survey show great variations across Europe when it comes to reach the targets set for 2020: less than 10% of early-school leavers and at least 40% of young people with degree-level qualifications (see the statistics and quality profiles). Progress is observed in most of member states but while some countries are close the target like Cyprus (11,2% of school-leavers) or Slovenia (37,9% of higher education degrees), the situation remains worrying in others (Malta with 33,5% of early-school leavers or Italy with 20,3% of higher education degrees). Malta and Italy are among the member states urged to make progress through the Country-specific recommendations issued in May 2012. See the press release from the Commission.