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European Commission – Directorate General Education and Culture

The Direcotrate is responsible for the Lifelong Learning Programme and deals with all questions concerning the respective policies. The mission of the Directorate is "to reinforce and promote lifelong learning, linguistic and cultural diversity, mobility and the engagement of European citizens, in particular the young."

European Commission - Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency

The Executive Agency is responsible for the management of the EU’s programmes in the field of education, culture and audiovisuals. Among others it manages the Lifelong Learning Programme at European level.

Documentation of the conference "Boundless - voluntariness in Germany, Austria and Switzerland"

Learning and Education in Later Life

The catalogue of guidelines and priorities concerning learning in later life is availabe in English and German.

National Agencies

The National Agencies manage the Lifelong Learning Programme at national level . 

European Commission – Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

The Directorate has the task of contributing to the development of a modern, innovative and sustainable European Social Model with more and better jobs in an inclusive society based on equal opportunities.

European Parliament – News headlines on social affairs

Here you can find interesting news on active ageing and the promotion of volunteering.

European Economic and Social Committee

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues


The European Older People’s Platform aims to voice and promote the interests of older people in the European Union and to raise awareness of the issues that concern them most.

Association for Education and Ageing

The Association for Education and Ageing is a membership organisation open to all.   Its particular strength is combining the interests of research, practice and policy concerning later life learning.   Importantly, it involves older learners in dialogue with each other and with the professionals and volunteers who work in the services that provide and support learning.

Age UK

Age UK is an international charity fighting to free disadvantaged older people from poverty, isolation and neglect. Here you can read more about helping to prevent social exclusion among older people.

 Social policy and social protection documents