European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network Database, ELGPN Database

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Subject of the Policy document

Council conclusions of 12 May 2009 on a strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (‘ET 2020’)

Reference data

Adopted/Released by
Council of the European Union
Year of adoption
Reference number
2009/C 119/02
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1. Additional narrative description of the reference to Lifelong Guidance

With regard to making lifelong learning a reality, the Conclusions call for an increase in the quality of guidance systems (p. 3). Work on lifelong learning strategies is one of the priorities for the first cycle of the ET2020 (2009-2011), and thus guidance is also emphasised (p. 9).

The acquisition of key competencies by all citizens is also emphasised heavily. Strategic objectives Two (Improving the quality and efficiency of education), Three (Promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship) and Four (Enhancing creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training) all highlight the role the acquisition of key competencies plays in responding to the challenges that remain in creating a knowledge-based Europe and making lifelong learning a reality for all.

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