In view of the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian armed forces, all EU relations and cooperation programmes with Russia are currently under review.
Since 2000 we have been supporting Russia to develop education and training to boost employability, increase access to opportunity and promote social cohesion. Complementing the work of the EU’s External Action Service, we bring together ministries and social partners to develop scalable projects.
In March 2014, the EU suspended the EU-Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and the Council extended restrictive measures in response to the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia. Cooperation at a technical level continues and education and research have been identified as areas to be developed between the EU and Russia. University cooperation and academic mobility also exist in particular through the Erasmus+ programme.
Russia is not a beneficiary country of technical assistance from the EU. Many EU countries have bilateral cooperation with Russian education institutions and there are many examples of student exchanges between Russian colleges and European vocational education and training schools/institutions, mainly through Erasmus+.
The Russian Federation took part in the first round of the Torino Process in 2010. Starting with an assessment of vocational education and training provision in Moscow, the next rounds of 2012 and 2014 saw an increase in engagement and participation. More regions have been gradually involved resulting in a national report drafted by the Federal Institute of Education.