General overview of the Lifelong Learning Programme
The Lifelong Learning Programme for Community Action in the Field of
Lifelong Learning (the Lifelong Learning Programme – LLP) has been
established by the
Decision 1720/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of
15 November 2006 (OJ L327 of 24/11/2006)
. 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 structure of the LLP is different from its predecessors. It takes
the form of an integrated programme composed of four sectoral
sub-programmes, a transversal programme targeted on cross-cutting areas,
and a programme to support teaching, research and reflection around
European integration and key European institutions.
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.
Below the different objectives of the LLP programme that projects
should help to fulfil by participating in the programme are presented.
To foster interchange, cooperation and mobility between education and
training systems within the Community so that they become a world quality
- 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
- To support the realisation of a European area for Lifelong Learning
- To help improve the quality, attractiveness and accessability of the
opportunities for Lifelong Learning available within Member States
- To reinforce the contribution of Lifelong Learning to social
cohesion, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, gender equality
and personal fulfilment
- To promote creativity, competitiveness, employability and the growth
of an entrepreneurial spirit
- 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
- To promote language learning and linguistic diversity
- To support the development of innovative ICT-based content,
services, pedagogies and practices for Lifelong Learning
- 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
- To promote cooperation in quality assurance in all sectors of VET in
- 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
The applicant will be requested to highlight in the application form
which LLP general he aims to achieve.
Each subprogramme also mentions
specific and operational objectives to which the applicant should
contribute to. These objectives are described in each subprogramme.
Moreover, as indicated in Article 12 of the LLP decision, the programme
should also contribute to furthering the horizontal policies of the
community, in particular by
- promoting an awareness of the importance of cultural and linguistic
diversity within Europe, as well as of the need to combat racism,
prejudice and xenophobia;
- making provision for learners with special needs, and in particular
by helping to promote their integration into mainstream education and
- promoting equality between men and women and contributing to
combating all forms of discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic
origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.