Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) -  A Community action programme in the field of permanent learning that was created by a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on 15 November 2006 (see GU L327). It contains all the European cooperative initiatives in the fields of education and training from 2007 to 2013. It replaced and combined the previous Socrates and Leonardo programmes that were operational from 1995 to 2006.

Its main goal is to contribute to the development of the Community as an advanced society founded on knowledge. The goal is to achieve sustainable economic development, new and better jobs and greater social cohesion while preserving the environment for future generations (Lisbon Strategy).

The programme promotes exchanges, cooperation and mobility among education and training systems, inside the Community, so that they can become quality reference points on a worldwide level.
The structure consists of:

- 4 Sector programmes (or sub-programmes) with the same names of the previous Socrates and Leonardo programme actions.

- a Transversal programme to provide coordination between different sectors,

- the Jean Monnet programme to support teaching activities, research and reflection on European integration and key European institutions.


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