What is it about?

The European Commission works with EU countries to strengthen 'key competences' – knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed by all for personal fulfilment and development, employability, social inclusion and active citizenship.

Key competences include:

The approach is to promote key competences by:

  • Providing high-quality education, training and lifelong learning for all
  • Promoting a variety of learning approaches and contexts, in a lifelong learning perspective
  • Exploring approaches to assessment and validation of key competences

What has been done so far?

The European Parliament and the Council adopted in 2006 the Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning. It contributed to the development of quality, future-oriented education and training tailored to the needs of European society.
The Commission launched the Review of the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning in June 2016 with the aim to update the 2006 Recommendation and further support key competences development across Europe.
Based on the conclusions of the Review the Commission adopted the proposal for a new Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong learning on 17 January 2018. The Council Recommendation on Key Competneces for Lifelong Learning was adopted in May 2018.