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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.


  • LLLP at the Thematic Cluster of the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe

    As a member of the Civil Society Convention on the Conference on the Future of Europe, the Lifelong Learning Platform participates in thematic clusters. These clusters seek to ensure that common positions are achieved amid civil society organisations and then brought to the attention of the Conference.
    Such was the case on July 7th, when LLLP took part in the workshop cluster on education and culture. In our eyes, the main effort was to ensure that a lifelong learning approach is […]

  • SOLIDAR – Citizenship and Lifelong Learning Monitor

    The Citizens and Learning Monitor has been a milestone in lifelong learning for the last years. With the 2019 version almost out, let’s have a look at the previous version.

    Lately, the world has witnessed the harsh impact of populist politics. In the European Union, this rise in nationalism and populism has translated into an old member state leaving the Union for good, and “illiberal” countries rising up against civil society which could bring a major overhaul in the European Parliament […]

  • Meeting MEP Verheyen, Chair of the CULT Committee: what will the future hold for lifelong learning?

    A delegation from the Lifelong Learning Platform had the pleasure to meet with the new Chair of the CULT Committee, MEP Sabine Verheyen (Germany, EPP). The meeting was a very fruitful discussion, focusing on the future of lifelong learning and the work of the Euroepan Parliament for the coming months. 

    MEP Verheyen showed great interest in the activities of the LLLPlatform, including the Lifelong Learning Interest Group of the European Parliament. She praised the work of LLLP and its […]

  • Social Rights Monitor – better rights, better lifelong learning

    Two years after the Gothenburg declaration, where does Europe stand on social rights? How is the implementation of said rights serving inclusion and a more social Europe? LLLP member Solidar presented its 2019 Social Rights Monitor before an audience of MEPs, civil society and social partner representatives and in the framework of the conference “Integrating the European Pillar of Social Rights and the SDGs in the European Semester – Civil Society Organisations’ input”. The state of social rights […]

  • 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 […]

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