Member States must invest in education to avoid ‘educational poverty’, a Europe-wide report has found.

The EU’s 2015 Education and Training Monitor said investment is needed to build more inclusive educational systems in Europe and combat unemployment. It called for Member States to focus efforts on improving the accessibility, quality and relevance of their education and training systems.

The findings come as numerous Member States make cuts to their education budgets, which have fallen by 3.2% across Europe since 2010.

Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: "Education is crucial if we are to boost economic growth and build cohesive societies. As Europe's education systems improve, it is therefore important that the benefits of this success are shared by those most at risk. This requires new and reinforced investment into education to ensure high quality open, supportive and tolerant learning environments for all."

More Member States have reached their EU 2020 education goals but progress is uneven across states, the report said.

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