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Implementation of the European strategic objectives
in Education and Training (ET 2020)

Call for Proposals EACEA/04/2013

Information updates – Eligible countries

Published 19/08/2013

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.

Bosnia Herzegovina
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:

  • supporting awareness-raising and institutional commitment, coordination and partnership with all stakeholders to promote, in particular, skills for growth and competitiveness and youth employability (part A);
  • supporting the development, testing and evaluation, by means of field trials, of innovative policy solutions to reduce early school leaving. (part B).

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:

  • Part A - Support to national implementation and awareness raising of the objectives of European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020).
  • Part B - Support to implementation of innovative policy solutions at institutional level to reduce early school leaving, in line with the priorities set out in Europe 2020 and ET 2020.


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:

  • Part A – mandatory project duration: 12 months.
  • Part B – mandatory project duration: minimum 24 months – maximum 36 months.

Call for proposals

The Call for proposals was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (JO 2013/C  118/07) on 25/04/2013.

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General Guidelines to the Call for Proposals

This document provides the detailed information related to this Call for proposal.

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The Application Package

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.)

  • Instructions for completing the Application Form and its attachments : - EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

The application package consists of the following elements:

eForm (administrative and general information)

- Download the eForm and the User Guide. (LLP Application - ET2020)

eForm attachments

  1. Detailed description of the project: - EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
  2. Detailed budget tables and Workplan/Workpackages summary chart: Excel EnglishFrançaisDeutsch -
  3. Declaration of Honour by the Legal Representative of the Applicant Organisation: - EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
    • Organisation - Low value grants (available only in EN): - English
  4. Legal Entity Form (Applicant Organisation only)

Paper version of the Application and its specific attachments

One paper version to be sent immediately after the submission of the eForm containing:

  • One paper copy of the electronically submitted Application Package with its attachments
    (with the submission number received on the eForm).
  • Duly signed designation letter from ministry when applicable (only Part B)(available only in EN): - English
  • Mandate letters from all partners: - English
  • Proof of legal existance (copy of articles of associations and/or legal registration documents)
  • Annual account available for the most recent financial year (only for private organisations)

Supporting documents

The Decision

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.

Annexes checklist: for verification of the completeness of your application (available only in EN): - English


Compendia of projects selected under previous Calls for Proposals for European Cooperation in Education and Training
(KA1 – Policy cooperation and innovation)


For further information and specific queries about the Call, please contact the EACEA at the specific mailbox: EACEA-LLP-ECET@ec.europa.eu

Payment and reporting arrangements

Model of the Grant Agreement:

A multibeneficiary grant agreement will be used by all successful consortia.

  • Multibeneficiary Grant Agreement: - English -

Please note

  • This model is provided for information only: grant Agreement to be used will be similar but not necessarily identical to this model. Specific articles will be introduced where necessary for Grant Agreements with different payment and reporting arrangements.
  • In the framework of a Multibeneficiary Grant Agreement, what was formerly known as the "beneficiary" (called "applicant" in the application form) is now the "co-ordinator" and what was formerly known as the "partners" are now the "co-beneficiaries".

Payment arrangements

  • For ECET A projects (12 months' duration): 70% prefinancing, balance paid after approval of a Final Report (no progress report)
  • For ECET B projects (min 24 months - max 36 months' duration) 40% first prefinancing payment; 40% second prefinancing paid after approval of a Progress Report at mid-term; balance paid after approval of a Final Report

Model report forms and grants agreements used in previous years can be consulted in the Beneficiaries' area of this website.

Financial Guarantee.

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.

  • Model Financial Guarantee: - English -


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

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