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Policy documents

Relevant policy papers compiled by the European Commission that related to the issue of lifelong learning and active participation can be found here.

Strategic framework for education and training

Education and training policies have gained impetus since the adoption of the Lisbon Strategy in 2000, the EU's overarching programme focusing on growth and jobs. The strategy recognised that knowledge, and the innovation it sparks, are the EU's most valuable assets, particularly in light of increasing global competition. EU Member States and the European Commission strengthened co-operation in 2009 with strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training ("ET 2020")

European Agenda for Adult Learning

The renewed European Agenda builds on the 2006 Communication on Adult Learning, and the subsequent Action Plan on Adult Learning 2008-10. It builds on the Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training, ET2020 from an adult learning perspective and should be seen in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy and its targets of reducing early school leavers and increasing tertiary education graduates

The role of voluntary activities in social policy

Here you can find the conclusions adapted by the Council of the European Union.

Communication on EU Policies and Volunteering:

Recognising and promoting crossborder voluntary activities in the EU. Here you can download the whole document.

Terminology of European education and training policy

This multilingual (English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese) glossary of terms used in education and training policy is intended for researchers and more generally for all those involved in education and training policy. This glossary is an updated and extended version of the ‘Terminology of vocational training policy’, published by Cedefop in 2004. This publication is also available online on Cedefop’s website (, where other languages will be soon added.

The definition and selection of key competencies

The OECD’s Definition and Selection of Key Competencies Project was designed to bring a wide range of expert and stakeholder opinion
together, to produce a coherent and widely shared analysis of which key competencies are necessary for the modern world. It complements and is linked to two large international assessments of these competencies, PISA and ALL.

Key competences for lifelong learning

The Key Competences for Lifelong Learning – A European Framework is an annex of a Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 on key competences for lifelong learning. Competences are defined here as a combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the context. Key competences are those which all individuals need for personal fulfilment and development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employment.