Spain is placed among the countries of the EU in which less money is invested in Education since 2010

17 Apr


  • A report from the European Commission evidences that Greece, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Lithuania and Spain have reduced the investment in more than a 5%.
  • The Italian, Greek and Portuguese economies were bailed out by the EU. In Spain, the rescue took place only to avoid the bank indebtedness.
  • These cutbacks have caused multitude of protests and demonstrations in Spain.

Spain has been in the past years among the nine countries from the EU which has cut back a lot of money invested in Education. This was established by the report “Funding of Education in Europe: The Impact of the Economic Crisis” elaborated by the European Commission, which has studied this issue in the 25 member states.

According to the text, which was published on March 21st, eight national governments have approved measures in order to reduce the financing of the educational system. Spain, together with Estonia and Poland, has suffered cutbacks in Education from 1% to 5% between 2010 and 2012, while the reduction in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Hungary and Lithuania was bigger, more than a 5%.

Cyprus, Latvia, Finland, Ireland, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and the French-speaking region of Belgium, as well as Croatia (future member state of  the European Union from July 2013 on), reduced the consignment in one year but increased it in another.

Austria, Denmark, Luxembourg, Malta, Sweden and the German-speaking region of Belgium decided to follow the opposite way and investment has risen more than 1%. Spain and other ten countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania and Portugal) cut or froze wages and teacher’s allowance, which is a bonus payment equivalent to a month’s salary, paid twice a year.

This part represents more than the 70% of the Education budget according to the report. Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal and Romania reduced their teacher personnel, fact that also affected Spain, which together with Cyprus and Poland invested less money in technologies of the information and the communication. 

Moreover, the Spanish government opted for raising the taxes, the enrolments and the prices of the credits in high education. In relation with the unemployment, the European commissioner of Culture and Education,  Androulla Vassiliou, recognised the economic difficulties that the member states suffer from, but she warned that they should invest ‘properly in the modernization of education and competences’ in order not to ‘be left behind even more regarding our global competitors’.

Vassiliou alerted that the lack of educational resources can imply bigger difficulties in fighting against unemployment. A warning already done by the opposition, trade unions, teachers and social agents to the Spanish government. Nowadays, Spain, togheter with Greece, leads the unemployement in the Eurozone. By the end of 2012 the youth unemployement rate in Spain was 55.13%



One Response to “Spain is placed among the countries of the EU in which less money is invested in Education since 2010”

  1. Anna Sting 04/17/2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Shocking. Education is one of the greatest resources we have!

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