Official Statements

  • (2001) Making a European area of Lifelong Learning a Reality

    European Commission

    A foundation document from the European Commission contributing to the establishment of a European area of lifelong learning - the development of which will be facilitated by bringing together, within a lifelong learning framework, education, training and processes, strategies and plans concerned with youth, exclusion and research policy.

  • (2006) Adult Learning - It's never too late to learn!

    European Commission

    Promoting lifelong learning is part of the Lisbon Strategy, which sets targets for economic growth, competitiveness and social inclusion. Although the Member States recognise the importance of lifelong learning, the number of adult learners in Europe today remains below the target set by the Member States. In this Communication the Commission encourages Member States to ensure the quality of their adult learning systems and their overall skills levels. Better adult learning can play a key role in vocational training in Europe and in the social inclusion of groups which are at a disadvantage on the labour market, such as migrants and older people, who are growing in number in Europe. Moreover, improvements in adult learning are a considerable advantage for both individuals and society. Raising overall skills levels helps to improve economic indicators, such as productivity and unemployment, and social indicators, such as civic participation, criminality and healthcare costs. Adult learning concerns underqualified people or those whose professional skills are obsolete. This Action Plan aims to make it possible for them to acquire key competences at all stages in their lives

  • (2007) A strategy for adult education. Croatia.

    Mirko Smoljic & Ivan Milanovic Litre (editors on behalf of the Ministry)

    Includes Adult Education Act 2007. The Strategy contains a short section on "Education for the Tnird Age".

  • (2007) It's always a good time to learn - Action Plan on Adult learning

    European Commission

    The Action Plan provided a set of common priorities to be encouraged in the adult learning sector of Europe, introduced the sector to the Open Method of Coordination and encouraged closer European cooperation between its diverse actors. It defined concrete actions which the European Commission and Member States should seek to implement in order to increase participation in and quality of adult learning, and develop efficient systems that reach all adults and involve all relevant stakeholders.

  • (2009) Promozione e valorizzazione dell'invecchiamento attivo

    Regione Liguria

    Legge regionale 3 novembre 2009 n. 48.

  • (2010) National Education Law. Romania

    Ministerul Educației, Cercetării, Tineretului și Sportului. Cabinetul ministrului

    Legea Educației Naționale. Title V Lifelong Learning, Art.280 (2) states "Lifelong learning means all learning activities carried out by each person throughout life in formal, non-formal and informal training purposes or skills development from a multiple perspective: personal, civic, social or occupational." Article 281 (1) states that "the main goals of lifelong learning are aimed at developing full sustainable development of the individual and society." Article 288 refers to "main tasks in the field of lifelong learning" and at Article 288e includes "non-professional education of adults and the elderly". Titlul V Învăţărea pe tot parcursul vietii. Articolul 280 (2) statele " Educaţia permanentă reprezintă totalitatea activităţilor de învăţare realizate de fiecare persoană pe parcursul vieţii în contexte formale, non-formale şi informale, în scopul formării sau dezvoltării competenţelor dintr-o multiplă perspectivă: personală, civică, socială sau ocupaţională." Article 281 (1) se referă la " Finalităţile principale ale învăţării pe tot parcursul vieţii vizează dezvoltarea plenară a persoanei şi dezvoltarea durabilă a societăţii." Articolul 288 se referă la "are ca atribuţii principale, în domeniul învăţării pe tot parcursul vieţii" și la articolul 288 (e) include "a politicilor în domeniul educaţiei non-profesionale a adulţilor şi vârstnicilor."

  • (2011) Erasmus for All: The EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport

    European Commission

    COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS.This Communication complements the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing ‘Erasmus for All’: a single Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the 2014-2020 period. The Programme reflects the priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and its flagship initiatives

  • (2012) Adult Learning Guidelines Framework - Italy

    Conferenza Unificata ( Prime Minister's Office, Regional and Local Authorities Associations)

    Agreement on lifelong learning policies, guidelines and priorities for the promotion and support to local networks. Intesa riguardante le politiche per l'apprendimento permanente e gli indirizzi per l'individuazionedi criteri generali e priorità per la promozione e il sostegno alla realizzazione di reti territoriali. The guidelines and priotities for national and local lifelong learning activities reflect those decided at EU level. At the Conferenza Unificata inter-institutional lifelong learning co-ordination is set up. Le linee guida e le priorità nei programmi di educazione permanente a livello nazionale e locale riflettono gli indirizzi politici europei in materia di lifelong learning. Viene anche creato presso la Conferenza Unificata un Tavolo interistituzionale per l'apprendimento permanente.

  • (2012) Council Declaration on the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations: The Way Forward

    The Council expresses its strong commitment to promoting active ageing and solidarity between the generations and invites all relevant actors to take full account of this approach to implementation of the Europe 2012 Strategy. Issued 7 December 2012

  • (2012) L'invecchiamento attivo e la solidarietà tra le generazioni

    AUSER – SPI – CISLPensionati – UILPensionati – ANTEAS – APA (Italy)

    Il punto di vista delle maggiori organizzazioni degli anziani italiane in vista dell'Anno europeo 2012.

  • (2012) Third Social Cohesion Report - Italy

    Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, ISTAT – Italian National Statistical Institute, INPS – Italian National Social Care Institute.

    Il Terzo Rapporto sulla Coesione Sociale .The report is made up of two volumes. The first one with the main indicators to show the Italian situation with regard to social cohesion EU standards. The second one with data updated until 2010 allowing regional and international comparisons. Il rapporto è articolato in due volumi, il primo è una guida ai principali indicatori utili a rappresentare la situazione nel nostro Paese e la sua collocazione in ambito europeo. Il secondo contiene dati aggiornati al 2010 che consentono comparazioni regionali e internazionali.

  • (2012) Vienna Ministerial Declaration

    Representatives of the Member States of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), gathered at the Ministerial Conference on Ageing from 19 to 20 September 2012 in Vienna, Austria, reaffirmed their commitment made in the Berlin Ministerial Declaration in 2002 and subsequently confirmed in the León Ministerial Declaration in 2007 to implement the Regional Implementation Strategy (RIS) of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA).

  • (2013) Act on Adult Education LXXVII - Hungary

    2013. évi LXXVII törvény a felnőttképzésről. Passed on June 3 2013, this new Hungarian Law on adult education is primarily concerned with a radical re-organisation of an adult vocational education and training sector separate from the school system. It contains requirements for organisation, content, quality assurance, implementation, licensing, monitoring , accreditation and electronic storage of information. However the Law also provides a wide range of definitions and refers to "adult education" which aims at "contributing to adult personality development, social equity and civic competence development." Egy felnőtt egy "jogi személy" több, mint 18, nincs utalás a felső korhatár részvétel "felnőttoktatás és felnőttképzés képzési tevékenységek támogatására." An adult is a "legal person" over 18; there is no reference to an upper age limit for participation in "adult education and adult support training activities".

  • (2013) European Agenda for Adult Education

    Martina Ni Cheallaigh, European Commission

    Presents the Commission's European Agenda for Adult Learning and the rationale and drivers underlying it.

  • (2013) Introducing the Active Ageing Index: policy brief

    The Active Ageing Index (AAI) is a new analytical tool that aims to help policy makers in developing policies for active and healthy ageing. Its aim is to point to the untapped potential of older people for more active participation in employment, in social life and for independent living. Mobilising the potential of both older women and men is crucial to ensure prosperity for all generations in ageing societies. This policy brief introduces the Active Ageing Index to the policy makers

  • (2013)* Erasmus +

    European Commission's framework programme for education, training, youth and sport, 2014 - 2014 agreed. Announced in Dublin 26 June 2013. It brings together the Lifelong Learning Programme (Leonardo, Comenius, Grundtvig, Erasmus and Jean Monnet actions), Youth in Action and five other international programmes including Erasmus Mundus and Tempus into one single, simplified and modern programme. This new programme will focus on formal and informal learning across EU borders to improve the skills and employability of students, educators and workers.

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