Despite the fact that Romania spends millions of euros on measures to prevent early school leaving, the dropout rate is reaching a peak of 50% in rural areas, where it has become an accepted fact of life from one generation to the next.

As a result, Romania has one of the highest school dropout rates in the European Union, where it is surpassed by only Spain and Malta.

Official statistics do not indicate how many resume their education and when, but only the numbers of early school leavers, which, over the last 10 years, reached a record of 83 000 in 2006-2007, the lowest number, recorded in 2012-2013, still exceeding 50 000.

Since 2007, Romania has been endeavouring to reduce these numbers. EU funding of EUR 121 million has accordingly been channelled into the Sectoral Operational Programme for Human Resources and similar programmes. Official statistics have been produced showing how the funding was allocated and what results were obtained.

In view of this, does the Commission intend to launch an integrated package of measures in Romania in a bid to combat early school leaving?