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Mutual Learning Programme

The Mutual Learning Programme (MLP) under the European Employment Strategy (EES) aims to:

  • support, coordinate and encourage mutual learning between EU Member States in order to assist progress towards the goals of the European Employment Strategy,
  • encourage mutual learning opportunities resulting in policy influence at the EU and national levels,
  • disseminate the results of the MLP and their contribution to the European Employment Strategy to wider audiences.

The MLP (Art. 149 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - TFEU) is an important tool for the open method of coordination in the field of EU employment policy.


The MLP includes a range of activities:

  • Peer learning events – events held throughout the year aimed at government representatives, informed and supported by independent academic expertise; and learning exchanges for a small group of national representatives to share experiences in relation to a specific policy issue.
  • Public conferences – conferences to disseminate the MLP’s results and identified good practices (held at the end of each year) or on a specific policy theme for experts, policymakers, social partners and other stakeholders (held at the start of the year).
  • Database of labour market practices – containing examples of effective policies and measures within the context of the European Employment Strategy.

This annual cycle of the MLP is closely aligned with the European Semester of the governance framework of the European Employment Strategy.


The MLP support service is provided by ICF International on behalf of the European Commission. For any questions, please contact