The call aims to support an EU-wide network of relevant organisations to promote co-operation and policy development in the field of the acquisition of key competences and the improvement of basic skills. It should facilitate dialogue and co-operation among experts from policy, research and practice.

The Commission intends to support the network through a four-year framework partnership agreement, which will set out the conditions governing annual grants for an action.






As announced in the Communication on the New Skills Agenda for Europe, the Commission proposes to review the 2006 Key Competences Framework and to address its shortcomings in supporting competence development - including basic skills - by EU education and training systems.

Key competences should be acquired by young people at the end of their compulsory education and training and by adults throughout their lives, through a process of developing and updating skills. Early acquisition of key competences helps to develop a variety of competences and skills throughout life; basic skills of literacy and numeracy are a pre-requisite for the development of all other key competences.

The network will promote the key competences approach in the area of school education and the raising of the basic skills levels among children and young people, particularly focusing on underachieving students with inadequate levels of functional literacy and numeracy. It will build on existing work developed at European level, especially initiatives and projects supported by European Union education programmes.

The network should represent a broad geographic scope and a balance of different education systems, and a variety of backgrounds of participating institutions and associations, from policy, practice and research. Focus is on the general education of children and young people (0-18 years), an exchange with other education sectors could be an asset, but should not constitute the core activities under this partnership agreement.


  • Specifications DE - EN - FR
  • Application form
  • Annexes:
    • Annex I Declaration of honour
    • Annex II Mandate letters (updated on 13 January 2017)
    • Annex III Indicative overall budget for the entire duration of the Framework Partnership Agreement
    • Annex IV List of previous projects
    • Annex V List of CVs
  • Template for detailed work programme of the first year of implementation
  • Detailed budget for the first year of implementation
  • Checklist for applicants


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Questions and answers (versionĀ 11 - 16/02/2017)

Please note that due to the proximity of the submission deadline, we cannot answer questions arriving after 17/2/2017