Montenegro and Albania
DG Education and Culture has informed the EACEA that Montenegro and Albania have signed the Memorandum of Understanding, on 24 May 2013 and on 15 July 2013 respectively, for their participation in the Lifelong Learning Programme. Please visit the website of DG EAC for further details: http://ec.europa.eu/education/news/20130528b_en.htm
This means that the formal steps have been completed for Montenegro's and Albania's participation in the Lifelong Learning Programme. Consequently, organisations in Montenegro and Albania are eligible to participate in the Call for Proposals EACEA 04/2013 both as applicant and partners, as outlined on page 10 of the Call.
The European Commission has been informed that Bosnia Herzegovina will not participate in 2013 as LLP Participating country. Please visit the website of DG EAC for further details: http://ec.europa.eu/education/news/20130528b_en.htm. Therefore organisations from this country are not eligible for this specific call for proposals.
16 September 2013
In June 2010, the European Council adopted the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth . Investment in education and training for skills development is essential to boost growth and competitiveness: skills determine Europe's capacity to increase productivity. In the long-term, skills can trigger innovation , move production up the value chain, stimulate the concentration of higher level skills in the EU and shape the future labour market.
The broad mission of education and training encompasses objectives such as active citizenship, personal development and well-being. While these go hand in hand with the need to upgrade skills for employability, against the backdrop of sluggish economic growth and a shrinking workforce due to demographic ageing, the most pressing challenges for Member States are to address the needs of the economy and focus on solutions to tackle fast-rising youth unemployment.
In the Annual Growth Survey (AGS) launching the 2013 European Semester for economic policy coordination , adopted in 2012, the Commission encouraged Member States to “raise the performance of education and training systems and overall skills levels, linking the worlds of work and education more closely together” and stated that “investments in education … should be prioritised and strengthened where possible while ensuring the efficiency of such expenditure.”
Echoing the AGS, the Commission Communication “Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio economic outcomes”, adopted in 2012 , confirms that "Education and training systems continue to fall short in providing the right skills for employability and are not working adequately with business or employers to bring learning expertise closer to the reality of the working environment.”
The Communication also recalls that the economic downturn and the need for fiscal consolidation have led many Member States to reduce investment in education and training. While the room for manoeuvre may be greater for some Member States than others, all share a double challenge: to prioritise public investment in education and training and to find more efficient ways of deploying financial resources. Fiscal consolidation requires Member States to develop education and training policies bearing in mind effectiveness and value-for-money, while pursuing equity objectives. To achieve this, policy should be based much more on existing evidence, and implementation should include systematic evaluation of efficiency. Funding education and training reform sustainably in times of budgetary constraint also calls for debates about cost-sharing and the degree to which private actors and beneficiaries can contribute to the costs.
In 2012, following the European Semester, the Council adopted country-specific recommendations addressing the main challenges in education and training systems that prevent EU Member States from achieving the Europe 2020 goals linked to growth and jobs.
The Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training (ET 2020), adopted in 2009 , establishes four common strategic objectives: lifelong learning and mobility; quality and efficiency; equity, social cohesion and active citizenship; creativity and innovation. It also establishes a set of priority areas for each work cycle and common working methods to improve institutional commitment, coordination and partnership with all relevant stakeholders at transnational, national/ regional/ local levels in order to achieve the Europe 2020 goals in education and training.
The 2012 Joint Report on the implementation of ET 2020 stresses that ET 2020, as a key instrument to modernise education and training, can make a major contribution to achieving Europe 2020’s objectives.
The general objective of the call for proposals is:
To encourage European policy cooperation to support – through ET 2020 - countries’ efforts to meet the objectives of Europe 2020, as reflected in the 2013 Annual Growth Survey and the Rethinking Education Communication, notably: developing skills for growth and competitiveness, strengthening youth employability and reducing early school leaving levels, in a context that prioritises efficient investment in education and training, by:
The call also provides opportunities for ministries and stakeholders to test - in real life situations - the implementation of innovative policies (policy experimentations) addressing European goals.
This call for proposals comprises two separate parts:
Call for proposals EACEA/04/2013 Section 3 - Eligible activities
(General Guidelines to the Call: Section 4.3.)
"The mandatory duration of projects is 12 months for Part A and 36 months for Part B. No applications will be accepted for projects scheduled to run for a different period than that specified in this call for proposals."
The above sentence in the text of the Call shall be read as follows:
The Call for proposals was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (JO 2013/C 118/07) on 25/04/2013.
This document provides the detailed information related to this Call for proposal.
Applicants should not complete or submit the application package before reading the instructions below. They contain all practical details (such as how to submit the application, the codes required to complete the application, address for applications, etc.)
Download the eForm and the User Guide. (LLP Application - ET2020)
One paper version to be sent immediately after the submission of the eForm containing:
The Decision establishing the Lifelong Learning Programme was published in the Official Journal of the European Union L327/45 on 24 November 2006. Consult the Decision and know more about Lifelong Learning Programme.
Model of the Grant Agreement:
A multibeneficiary grant agreement will be used by all successful consortia.
Model report forms and grants agreements used in previous years can be consulted in the Beneficiaries' area of this website.
It is possible that for some organisations a bank guarantee can be requested. This applies in particular to organisations that do not have the status of a public body. If a financial guarantee for pre-financing is required, an additional article is included in the grant agreement.
For further information and specific queries about the Call, please contact the EACEA at the following:
- mailbox: EACEA-LLP-ECET@ec.europa.eu
- or fax number: +32-2-292.13.27