- Lifelong Learning News

8 July 2009 - Green paper on Mobility

The European Commission has on the 8 July published a Green Paper entitled 'Promoting the Learning Mobility of Young People'. The Green Paper seeks to promote organised learning mobility, meaning that mobility should be linked to specific learning outcomes and lead to the attainment of qualifications, credits and/or professional experience; it promotes mobility across sectors, as well as cross-sector movements (from e.g. world of education to the world of business, or from vocational education to academia, or vice versa); it focuses on physical mobility, however at the same time recognising the value of virtual mobility. EARLALL aims to provide a joint response to the Commission and members will soon be invited by the Secretariat to participate in the reply. 

17 October 2008 - New call for proposals in the LLL programme!

The European Commission has now published their Call for Proposals for 2009. The deadlines range from the 28 November 2008 to the 9 of April 2009. The total budget earmarked for this call is estimated at EUR 961 million.

28 August - InfoService - News on Adult education

InfoService is an online publication which publishes articles and reports on Adult Education across Europe. InfoService is a result of the project "InfoNet Adult Education" which was supported by the EU (Grundtvig 4 network, 2005-2008). The information on the website comes from a network of more than 25 correspondents (experts and journalists) from all over Europe and in European institutions.

12 July - Report on Mobility

A report setting out a series of recommendations for making learning mobility an opportunity not only for students, but for everyone, has been published today. The report, produced by a group of experts called together by the European Commission, states that besides the positive effects that learning mobility can have on the personal development of young people and on their language skills, there is a more general dimension to it: Mobility helps to exchange and to circulate ideas, it can break down barriers between people and groups and can create a sense of European citizenship. Among other recommendations, the report proposes that EU's long term goal should be to make mobility for learning the rule rather than the exception.

The EU supports various forms of mobility within its programmes for Lifelong Learning, Youth, Culture and Citizenship. For more information about the Commission's policies and programmes for mobility, click here.

2 July - 'Summer University' in Thessaloniki, 22-24 September

FREREF (Fondation des Régions Européens pour la Recherche en Education et en Formation) organises together with CEDEFOP a conference for Research and Innovations in Lifelong Learning, taking place in Thessaloniki on the 22-24 of September. The conference will focus on the correlation between regional and European policies and questions for discussion will be: In which ways are the European policies implemented at the regional level? How do regional policies complete the Lisbon strategy objectives? Do the regions contribute to the objectives previously defined by the EU in the field of LLL? What are the main innovations in the regions? For the complete programme, please click here.

18 June - EARLALL members sign Memoranda of Understanding for European Mobility

EARLALL members Catalonia, Tuscany and Wales have recently (Friday 6 June) signed Memoranda of Understanding in support of a planned mobility programme designed to allow students to participate in international training placements in their areas of study. This will enable students to share experiences, skills and best practice with fellow European trainees in their specific fields.


This is part of EARLALL’s work to encourage mobility, which is a priority area for 2008. Memoranda of Understanding are currently being developed with other EARLALL members as well.


For a case study on students who have already participated an benefited from a pilot mobility programme, please click here.

17 June - EQF Conference, 3-4 June

On the 3-4 of June the European Commission organised a conference in Brussels about EQF. The programme, speeches and workshop papers can be found here

2 June - Call for proposal (EACEA/17/0/08)

The objectives of this call for proposals are to support transnational cooperation in the development and implementation of coherent and comprehensive national lifelong learning strategies at both the national and regional level, covering all types of lifelong learning. Deadline is the 13 of August 2008. Please click here for more information.

29 May - The Gruntvig award for Intercultural learning

The European Association for Education of Adults (EAEA) organises an award for projects in the field of Intercultural learning. Projects can, but do not necessarily need to be supported by the European Commission. The criteria are the following:

  • The project must have a clearly defined aim of facilitating intercultural dialogue
  • It must have evidence of outcomes, such as a report, DVD, or any form of verification
  • It is desirable that the project is transferable and/or useful for others
  • The project or the initiative is completed or is close to completion

    Deadline for submission is the September 5, 2008. For more information, please consult EAEA's website.

    15 May - EARLALL president appointed as Rapporteur

    EARLALL's President, Mr Kent Johansson, was appointed by the EDUC Commission in the Committe of the Regions as rapporteur for the Global opinion on the Proposal for a Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a European Quality Assurance Framework for Vocational Education and Training COM (2008) 179 final, 2008/0069 (COD) and on the Proposal for a Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training COM (2008) 180 final, 2008/0070 (COD).

    29 April 2008 - Adoption of the European Qualifications Framework

    The EQF was formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 23 April 2008. EU Member States will be free to adopt this scheme that will promote lifelong learning and mobility by making it easier to understand and to compare individuals' qualifications across Europe. For more information, please click here.