To ensure that adults’ skills remain up to date over their lifetime, individuals should have access to the learning opportunities they need, and be encouraged to use them. By 2020, the EU aims to have at least 15 % of the population aged 25-64 participating in learning. However, progress towards this target has been very limited. The EU average stood at some 11 % in 2014, and did not increase in 2015 (see figure 5). Only urgent and substantive action will enable the EU to reach the benchmark.