Education and training: general framework

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Education and training: general framework

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Education and training: general framework

Education and training play a key role in transforming the European Union (EU) into a world-leading knowledge-based society and economy. Since the adoption of the Lisbon Strategy in 2000, political cooperation in education and training has been strengthened – first by the “Education and Training 2010” work programme, followed-up by the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training “ET 2020”. This cooperation has led to the formulation of common targets and initiatives that encompass all types of education and training and all stages in lifelong learning. They are supported by a number of funding programmes, such as the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-13 and Erasmus Mundus 2009-13. Furthermore, a number of networks and agencies support action in education and training, namely the Audiovisual, Education and Culture Executive Agency and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.


  • Key competences for a changing world
  • Delivering lifelong learning for knowledge, creativity and innovation
  • Modernising education and training: a vital contribution to prosperity and social cohesion in Europe
  • Success of Lisbon strategy hinges on urgent reforms

Reference documents

  • Education and Training 2020 (ET 2020)
  • Promoting creativity and innovation through education and training
  • Promoting entrepreneurship in schools and universities
  • A coherent framework of indicators and benchmarks for monitoring the Lisbon objectives
  • European benchmarks in education and training
  • Efficiency and equity in European education and training systems
  • Investing efficiently in education and training
  • Concrete future objectives of education systems
  • Work programme on the follow-up of the objectives of education and training systems in Europe
  • The Lisbon Special European Council (March 2000): Towards a Europe of Innovation and Knowledge
  • The Bologna process: setting up the European Higher Education Area


  • Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013
  • Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-13
  • Youth employment: opportunities
  • Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
  • Eurydice
  • Netd@ys Europe
  • Programme to promote bodies active at European level and support specific activities (2004 – 2006)
  • Online learning: eLearning Programme (2004-06)
  • Erasmus Mundus (2004-08)
  • SOCRATES – Phase II
  • Leonardo da Vinci (Phase II) 2000-2006
  • Tempus III (2000-06)

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