Programme in the field of lifelong learning 2007-2013 LIFELONG Closed!


  1. To contribute to the development of quality lifelong learning, and to promote high performance, innovation and a European dimension in systems and practices in the field.
  2. To support the realisation of a European area for lifelong learning.
  3. To help improve the quality, attractiveness and accessibility of the opportunities for lifelong learning available within Member States.
  4. To reinforce the contribution of lifelong learning to social cohesion, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, gender equality and personal fulfilment.
  5. To help promote creativity, competitiveness, employability and the growth of an entrepreneurial spirit.
  6. To contribute to increased participation in lifelong learning by people of all ages, including those with special needs and disadvantaged groups, regardless of their socio-economic background.
  7. To promote language learning and linguistic diversity.
  8. To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning.
  9. To encourage the best use of results, innovative products and processes and to exchange good practice in the fields covered by the Lifelong Learning Programme, in order to improve the quality of education and training.


The Lifelong Learning Programme shall comprise support for the following actions:

  • The mobility of individuals in lifelong learning.
  • Bilateral and multilateral partnerships.
  • Multilateral projects especially designed to promote quality in education and training systems through the transnational transfer of innovation.
  • Unilateral and national projects.
  • Multilateral projects and networks.
  • Observation and analysis of policies and systems in the field of lifelong learning, the establishment and regular improvement of reference material, including surveys, statistics, analyses and indicators, action to support transparency and recognition of qualifications and prior learning, and action to support cooperation in quality assurance.
  • Operating grants to support certain operational and administrative costs of institutions and associations active in the field covered by the Lifelong Learning Programme.
  • Other initiatives aimed at promoting the objectives of the Lifelong Learning Programme (accompanying measures).

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 6.970,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)