Current data on education in the European Union show that the average expected duration of education in the EU-27 on average is 17.5 years. Reduced number of participants in training is due to the reduced size of population of young people. Nearly 90 % of young Europeans are involved in secondary education, 13 % of men and 18 % of women aged over 18 years are involved in tertiary education, higher education also provides a much faster and more efficient employment. The number of unemployed increases with decreasing levels of education. The Message of Europe 2020 is to develop three fundamental objectives: “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”. By providing high-quality educational services the set goals of the European Union could be realized, they represent a way out of the current unfavourable economic situation and social crisis. In the world of the 21st century – in the “risk society”, it is necessary as an important counterbalance to the process of life individualisation, to develop integration and cooperation, particularly in the education and integration of different branches of science. It is necessary to establish the basic right of an individual to quality implementation of the educational process and the need for lifelong learning, which should be done in a creative, stimulating and inspiring atmosphere at all levels of education and life.
Keywords: quality importance, educational service, the European Union, levels of education, collaboration, continuous professional growth, lifelong learning.
Maruša Komotar, M.Sc. Gabrijela Hauptman