About us

EARLALL - European Association of Regional and Local Authorities for Lifelong Learning - is an international non-profit association registered in Belgium and established in 2001 under the initiative of regional governments willing to build a solid cooperation in the field of lifelong learning.

It is managed by a Board and a General Assembly. Today it represents 14 members and 23 observers, whose aims are to cooperate and raise the role and visibility of Regional and Local Authorities in the field of Lifelong Learning at European and international level. The Secretariat in Brussels ensures the day-to-day management.

Members are actively involved in the life of the organisation through their participation in meetings, technical working groups specialised in particular issues, thematic seminars and other events to take forward joint projects.

EARLALL believes that Regions and Local Authorities have a privileged role in designing and implementing strategies on Lifelong Learning since they are in direct contact with citizens, educational institutions and business environment. EARLALL has since its creation in 2001 co-operated in a number of European projects and contributed to the European debate on lifelong learning through various positions papers in the European Cohesion policy debate as well as the European Education and Training area. 


Increase and highlight the role of regions/local governments in planning and implementing Lifelong Learning strategies                                                                    

Influence EU policies relevant for lifelong learning and cooperate and pursue an active dialogue with EU institutions

Facilitate collaboration and co-operation among its members in order to promote the exchange of information, experiences, expertise and sharing of good practice

Facilitate joint work through EU funded projects and encourage the development of joint actions

Monitor and disseminate information on EU policies relevant for lifelong learning 


EARLALL is an international non-profit association registered and based in Brussels, Belgium. EARLALL is managed by a General Assembly, consisting of its members, and a board of representatives of these.

The General Assembly meets annually, generally in Spring. Sometimes the meeting takes place in one of the member regions while others takes place in Brussels.

Members of the Board of Directors are elected for a 2 years mandate by the members at the General Assembly. Last elections took place on 23rd May 2014 in Brussels, and members were re-elected for the next term of office at the General Assembly on 13th May 2016 in Brussels:

 President: Basque Country                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Vice-president: Brittany Region                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Treasurer: Jamtland Region                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Members of the Board: Landesregierung Baden-Württemberg, Catalunya, Tuscany Region, Veneto Region

For further information, please read our Statute in English or French, and our Regulations.

Members & How to Join Earlall

EARALL members are divided into 3 categories: Full Members, Partner Members and Observers. Please find below the list of the members by category and read the statute and regulations approved in March 2011 to know more about it.

EARLALL Members:

Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Bretagne, France

Generalitat de Catalunya, Spain

Gobierno del Principado de Asturias, Spain

Gobierno Vasco, Spain

Jämtland Region, Sweden

Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Italy

Region Västra Götaland, Sweden

Regione Piemonte, Italy

Regione Toscana, Italy

Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

Veneto Region, Italy

Vidin District, Bulgaria

EARLALL Observer Regions:

Madona Council, Latvia

EARLALL Observers:
Acer - Association of Colleges in Easter Region, UK 
Colleges Wales, UK
Early Childhood Training
East of England European Partnership
European Public Law Organisation
Institute of Philosophy, Pedagogic and Science of Religion
Italian National Agency of Vocational Training
NC Kultul
Tia Formazione, Italy
University of Florence, Italy
University of Southern Brittany, FR
University of Southern Denmark
University for Foreigners of Siena, Italy

Why become a member?

If you wish to become an EARLALL Member, please read and agree with the Earlall Statute and Regulations. The Application Form should be completed and signed by your political representative, then it should be sent to the EARLALL secretariat together with a declaration on the competence of your Regional/Local Government in the field of education/lifelong learning, related to the objectives of the EARLALL – please see art 4 of the statute for the EARLALL objectives. 

Please note that only regional and local authorities with competence in lifelong learning can become members, while other organisations have the possibility to become observers of the organization.

Download our membership procedure and our info leaflet

Membership fee

Full Members and Partner Members pay an annual membership fee of 2500 EUR. Full Members from from the EU15 Countries pay an additional quota in relation to number of inhabitants and growth index. The maximum annual fee is 8000 EUR.

Observers do not pay any fee and do not have the right to vote.

Useful documents






PROJECTS 2001-2013

Information services

EARLALL Newsletter

The monthly EARLALL Newsletter updates you on the latest news in the field of lifelong learning. Subscribe now

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Further information

If you want access to a full range of internal updates, news material and background information, you need to be a member of EARLALL. Apply for membership