Lifelong Learning Programme

The European Union (EU) is reaching a significant number of its citizens directly through its education and training programmes. The general objective of the Lifelong Learning Programme is to contribute towards the development of the Community as an advanced knowledge society in accordance with the objectives of the Lisbon strategy.


The objective of the action programme in the field of lifelong learning 2007-13 is to develop and foster interchange, cooperation and mobility, so that education and training systems become a world quality reference in accordance with the Lisbon strategy. It thus contributes to the development of the Community as an advanced knowledge-based society, with sustainable economic development, more and better jobs and greater social cohesion.

To realise this general objective, the programme pursues specific objectives concerning lifelong learning in the European Union (EU), which aim to:

  • contribute to the development of quality lifelong learning and to promote high performance, innovation and the European dimension in systems and practices;
  • support the realisation of a European area of lifelong learning;
  • help improve the quality, attractiveness and accessibility of the opportunities for lifelong learning;
  • reinforce their contribution to social cohesion, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, gender equality and personal fulfilment;
  • help promote creativity, competitiveness, employability and the growth of an entrepreneurial spirit;
  • contribute to increased participation in lifelong learning by people of all ages, including those with special needs and disadvantaged groups;
  • promote language learning and linguistic diversity;
  • support the development of ICT-based resources;
  • reinforce their role in creating a sense of European citizenship based on respect for European values, as well as tolerance and respect for other peoples and cultures;
  • promote co-operation in quality assurance in all sectors of education and training;
  • improve their quality by encouraging the best use of results, innovative products and processes, as well as the exchange of good practice.

Composition of the LLP

  • Comenius Programme
  • Erasmus Programme
  • Grundtvig Programme
  • Leonardo da Vinci Programme
  • Jean Monnet Programme

Actions of the Programme:

  • mobility of people in lifelong learning;
  • bilateral and multilateral partnerships;
  • unilateral, national or multinational projects, including those that are designed to promote quality in education and training systems through the transnational transfer of innovation;
  • multilateral networks;
  • studies and reviews of policies and systems in the field of lifelong learning and their components;
  • operating grants to support certain operational and administrative costs borne by institutions or associations;
  • accompanying measures, i.e. other initiatives to promote the objectives of the programme;
  • preparatory activities for these actions;
  • the organisation of events (seminars, colloquia, meetings) to facilitate the implementation of the programme, the information, publication, awareness-raising and dissemination actions, as well as programme monitoring and evaluation.

Participation in the Programme

Participation in the programme is open not only to the Member States, but also to the EFTA (European Free Trade Association) countries that are members of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), to the Swiss Confederation and to the EU candidate and potential candidate countries of the western Balkans in accordance with the rules and agreements governing their participation in Community programmes.

In addition, the Commission may also organise cooperation with third countries and international organisations, such as the Council of Europe or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).


  • pupils, students, trainees and adult learners;
  • all categories of education personnel;
  • people in the labour market;
  • institutions and organisations providing learning opportunities within the programme;
  • persons and bodies responsible for systems and policies at local, regional and national level;
  • enterprises, social partners and their organisations at all levels, including trade organisations and chambers of commerce and industry;
  • bodies providing guidance, counselling and information services;
  • participants', parents' and teachers' associations;
  • research centres and bodies;
  • non-profit organisations, voluntary bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs).


The indicative financial envelope for the programme is set at EUR 6.97 billion for 2007-2013. The minimum amounts to be allocated to the sectoral programmes (see below) are 13% to Comenius, 40% to Erasmus, 25% to Leonardo da Vinci and 4% to Grundtvig.

Source: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/education_training_youth/general_framework/c11082_en.htm

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