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.
In 2005, the number of European Universities taking part in the ERASMUS University Cooperation scheme rose to an impressive 87% of all European universities, across 31 countries.
At the UN World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis (Tunisia), European Commissioner Viviane Reding said that an e-skills society is the most valid guarantee against exclusion.
Cedefop and ETF - the two EU "sister" agencies working on vocational training within and outside the European Union - met on 11 May for a one-day conference.
The Culture Committee adopted four major reports on 12 September calling for increased funding from 2007 to 2013 for EU education and cultural exchange programmes. MEPs also recommended some changes in the scope, including the target groups, of these multi-annual programmes. The reports were all adopted under the co-decision procedure by overwhelming majorities.