A new Eurostat survey shows large variations among countries in investment in education and training in the EU 25.
A new Eurostat report published on 29 August 2003 on public expenditure on education shows that EU Member States devote an average of 5 per cent of their GDP on education, based on data from 1999. There is a large variation between the countries, ranging from 3.6 per cent in Greece, to 7.5 per cent in Sweden and 8.1 per cent in Denmark.
On average in the EU 15, the public sector spent 10.4 per cent of its budget for education. Denmark, Ireland, Portugal and Sweden all spent more than 12 per cent of their public budget on education while Germany, Greece and Italy spent less than 10 per cent.
In the EU 15, 5.222 euro were spent on average per pupil/student. In the future Member States, the figure goes from a high of 4.266 euro in Cyprus and 2.835 euro in the Czech Republic to a low of 1.875 euro in Poland and 1.716 euro in Latvia.