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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:

  • Thematic Events – seminars on a specific policy theme, held at the start of the year, for experts, policymakers, social partners and other stakeholders from across Europe.
  • Peer Reviews – events throughout the year aimed at government representatives, informed and supported by independent academic expertise.
  • Learning Exchanges – for a small group of national representatives to share experiences in relation to a specific policy issue.
  • Dissemination seminars – held at the end of each year to disseminate the MLP’s results and identified good practices.
  • 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