A European Area of Knowledge, national programmes to boost knowledge and a Charter of Lifelong Learning are some of the main ideas of an opinion adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee.
At the request of the future Austrian Presidency, the EESC has drawn up an exploratory opinion on the road towards the knowledge-based society, which forms part of its work on the Lisbon strategy, due for adoption on 14 December. In its draft opinion, the EESC calls for a Common European Area of Knowledge based on clearly defined targets, benchmarks, timetables as well as clear responsibilities.

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