Council conclusions of 22 May 2008 on adult learning
THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,
The Spring 2000 Lisbon European Council conclu-
sions (1) called for Europe's education and training
systems to be modernised in response to the demands
of a knowledge-based economy and the increasing socio-
economic and demographic challenges confronting the
Union in a globalised world.
The Spring 2002 Barcelona European Council conclu-
sions (2) urged Member States to ensure that all citizens
are equipped with basic qualifications, as well as to
increase opportunities for older workers to remain in the
labour market, in particular by guaranteeing real access
to lifelong learning.
The Council Resolution of 27 June 2002 on lifelong
learning (3) stressed that lifelong learning must cover
learning from the pre-school age to that of post-retire-
non-formal and informal learning.
The Council Resolution of 19 December 2002 on
training (4) noted that the adaptability and employability
of adults, including older workers, depend strongly on
throughout working life.
The Council Resolution of 28 May 2004 on strength-
ening policies, systems and practices in the field of
guidance (5) stressed that all European citizens should
have access to guidance services at all life stages, paying
particular attention to individuals and groups at risk.
The Council conclusions of 28 May 2004 on common
European principles for the identification and validation
of non-formal and informal learning (6), as established in
response to the November 2002 Copenhagen Declara-
tion, called for the development and dissemination of
to recognise non-formal and
The Recommendation of the European Parliament and of
the Council of 18 December 2006 on key competences
for lifelong learning (7) is aimed inter alia at ensuring that