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Civil dialogue

The LLLPlatform is calling for a structured dialogue between the EU and organised civil society in the field of education and training. The Article 11 of the EU Treaty recognises participatory democracy as a fundamental democratic principle and calls for the creation of a meaningful dialogue with civil society. This can strengthen the relationship between decision-makers and civil society organisations and the citizens they represent. By involving all relevant actors, it can enrich decision-making and implementation processes by taking into account the views of the educational actors and their associations at all levels.

This is particularly important in the context of the ET2020 work programme and its implementation, as the proposed Regulation “Erasmus for all” points out: “Support for policy reform action shall include the activities initiated at Union level related to (…) the policy dialogue with relevant European stakeholders in the area of education, training and youth”. An open, transparent and regular dialogue is the only way to achieve successfully the EU strategic objectives in lifelong learning; this requires clear mechanisms of communication, consultation and cooperation. Such a dialogue can provide a framework for creating synergies and regular exchange of best practices, input into the policy-making process, follow-up and evaluation.

The Lifelong Learning Platform has participated for many years in the existing dialogue structures of the various EU institutions. The LLLP has been a key player in the organisation of the Education, Training and Youth Forum; it is a member of the Civil Dialogue Expert Group of DG HOME, of the Stakeholders’ Dialogue within DG EMPL and of the EESC Liaison Group with organised civil society. It co-chairs the Lifelong Learning Interest Group within the European Parliament. It is also member of major civil society coalitions (Civil Society Europe, Civil Society Contact Group, Europe+) where it is the main representative of the education and training sectors.


  • A roadmap to civil dialogue in the EU

    At a moment when basic civil rights are challenged across the European Union, European Institutions need to lead by examples in ensuring that organised civil society can flourish and be empowered. Concrete measures must be introduced to support and develop civic space in the Europe.

    Civil Society Europe calls on all EU institutions to recognise in their work and statements the specific role of civil society organisations: NGOs, Associations and Foundations in the development of a European democratic society.

    We have developed […]

  • Misunderstanding the role of CSOs: practical examples

    What is exactly the function of civil society organisations? How can they bridge the EU and its citizens?

    In a long interview, Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre, addressed the topical issue of involving citizens in their democracy. Building on the recommendations and following the results of the European Citizens Consultations, he winked at civil society organisations as those “actors who are independent of national or European institutions” and that need to bridge public institutions […]

  • The ECA report on transparency in EU funding and the need for a better definition of NGOs at EU level

    As part of Civil Society Europe, the Lifelong Learning Platform participated to this reaction vis-à-vis the European Court of Auditors’ report 35/2018 on “Transparency of EU funds implemented by NGOs: more effort needed

    Civil Society Europe welcomes the European Court of Auditors (ECA) report as a contribution to ensuring further transparency by the European Union on how EU money is spent. This will allow us to better show the added value of our work and stand ready to further improve in […]

  • Focus of the Month: Treaty of Rome 60th Anniversary

    In order to commemorate this year’s anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, many events and meetings will be taking place this March in Rome. On 25 March the informal Rome Summit will mark the 60th Anniversary. Around that day the EC is going to publish its White Paper on the Future of the EU and the Social Dimension of the European Monetary Union and the Communication on the Pillar of Social Rights will be publish in the end […]

  • EESC adopts Opinion on the European Pillar of Social Rights

    On 25 January, the EESC adopted an opinion on the outline of a European Pillar of Social Rights. This opinion sets out the European Economic and Social Committee’s initial contribution to shaping what may eventually be a European Pillar of Social Rights. It draws from the rich and diverse discussions during the 28 national debates organised by the Committee, which it believes provides the added value of this opinion. The Committee emphasises that the Pillar must be developed with the […]

  • Freedom of Choice Under Threat: What Can European Citizens Do?

    ELIANT, an alliance of 10 European associations concerned with agriculture, nutrition, medicine and health, patients’ rights, education, care for people with special needs, democracy and ethical economics, will hold a conference in Brussels on 7 November. The conference will address the following key questions and challenges which concern European citizens: Why is freedom of choice a crucial issue and a challenge for the cultural development of Europe? How can freedom of choice be promoted and guaranteed, and what can European citizens do about it? The conference […]

  • Consultation on the European Charter on Quality in Learning Mobility in the Youth Field

    As learning mobility is increasingly being employed as a pedagogical tool both in formal and non-formal contexts, issues of quality become a more pressing concern than before. And for a good reason: good quality in learning mobility will ensure that outcomes be optimised and that processes of recognition be facilitated. Moreover, there is a – sometimes very direct – correlation between quality and quantity: the more we know about quality and how to achieve it, the more confident and effective […]

  • The Future of Europe: Call for Speakers

    The National Agency Education for Europe is looking for speakers for a conference “The Future of Europe” on 4-5 October in Potsdam, Germany. The speakers shall present different scenarios for the future of Europe (based on the NECE video “Europe 2030”) and discuss the potential implications for citizenship education in the adult- and vocational education sector. The National Agency would like to invite one or more experts working with NECE to participate in this exercise in October. Cost of […]

  • European Commission registers “More than Education” European Citizens’ Initiative

    On 7 June, The European Commission registered a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) inviting the Commission to propose “a set of incentive measures, including support and monitoring, to develop citizenship education in curricula on all levels of formal education throughout Europe, aimed at shaping democratic citizens”. This registration starts a one-year process of collection of signatures in support of the proposed European Citizens’ Initiative by its organisers. The initiative “More than Education” is based on the observation that throughout Europe, […]

  • EC Communication on Supporting the prevention of radicalisation

    On 14 June, the European Commission issued a new Communication,indicating ways to prevent radicalisation which leads to violent extremism and terrorism. The Communication rightly addresses the need to prevent our citizens ending up on the margins of society and embracing violent behaviours and ideologies, and tackling the hatred that is spreading within an increasing group of our citizens. The LLL-P welcomes the emphasis placed on the importance of combating hate speech and teaching media literacy, empowering civil society, working with communities, supporting educators and educational institutions, […]

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