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Lifelong Learning Programme


The Lifelong Learning Programme for Community Action in the Field of Lifelong Learning has been established by the Decision 1720/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 November 2006 . The general objective of the LLP is to contribute through lifelong learning to the development of the Community as an advanced knowledge society, with sustainable economic development, more and better jobs and greater social cohesion, while ensuring good protection of the environment for future generations. In particular, it aims to foster interchange, co-operation and mobility between education and training systems within the Community so that they become a world quality reference.

The Lifelong Learning Programme is established to address the modernisation and adaptation of Member State education and training systems, particularly in the context of the strategic Lisbon goals, and brings European added value directly to individual citizens participating in its mobility and other co-operation actions.

The LLP supports and supplements action taken by Member States, while fully respecting their responsability for the content of education and training systems and their cultural and linguistic diversity.

The Lifelong Learning Programme will run for 7 years (2007-2013). The total budget for this period is of 6.970 million euros.


To foster interchange, cooperation and mobility between education and training systems within the Community so that they become a world quality reference


  1. To contribute to the development of quality Lifelong Learning, to promote high performance, innovation and a European dimension in systems and practices in the field
  2. To support the realisation of a European area for Lifelong Learning
  3. To help improve the quality, attractiveness and accessability of the opportunities for Lifelong Learning available within Member States
  4. To reinforce the contribution of Lifelong Learning to social cohesion, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, gender equality and personal fulfilment
  5. To promote creativity, competitiveness, employability and the growth of an entrepreneurial spirit
  6. To contribute to increased participation in Lifelong Learning by people of all ages, including those with special needs and disadvantaged groups regardless of their socio-economic background
  7. To promote language learning and linguistic diversity
  8. To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practices for Lifelong Learning
  9. To reinforce the role of Lifelong Learning in creating a sense of European citizenship based on understanding and respect for human rights and democracy, and encouraging tolerance and respect for peoples and cultures
  10. To promote cooperation in quality assurance in all sectors of VET in Europe
  11. To encourage the best use of results, innovative products and processes and to exchange good practice in the field covered by the Lifelong Learning Programme, in order to improve the quality of education and training

Structure of the Lifelong Learning Programm

Sectoral sub-programmes

  1. Comenius: school education
  2. Erasmus: higher education
  3. Grundtvig: adult education and other education pathways
  4. Leonardo Da Vinci : Vocational Education and Training

Participating countries


For 2007, the programme is open to

  • 27 EU Member States
  • Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • Turkey

The national agencies


The Lifelong Learning programme is largely managed by the national agencies in each of the participant countries, which makes it possible to have more direct contact with the public.


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