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Establishing an integrated action programme in the field of lifelong learning

Amended proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an integrated action programme in the field of lifelong learning: Adaptation following the agreement of 17 May 2006 on the Financial Framework 2007-2013
Brussels, 24.5.2006
COM(2006) 236 final

Based on Articles 149 and 150 of the Treaty, the proposal was to establish a new integrated Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013, to replace the existing Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, eLearning, and related programmes, which expire at the end of 2006.

The Lifelong Learning Programme will comprise four specific programmes: Comenius, for general education activities concerning schools up to and including upper secondary level; Erasmus, for education and advanced training activities at higher education level; Leonardo da Vinci, for all other aspects of vocational education and training; and Grundtvig for adult education. In addition, the proposal incorporates a transversal programme incorporating four key activities, to cover the policy issues outlined above, and to make specific provision for language learning and ICT-related activity where these fall outside the specific programmes; and for a more substantial dissemination activity; and a Jean Monnet programme to support action related to European integration and European institutions and associations in education and training.

The proposal addresses important needs concerning the modernisation and adaptation of Member State education and training systems, particularly in the context of the strategic Lisbon goals, and brings European added value directly to individual citizens participating in its mobility and other cooperation actions.

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