Statistics in Focus: Population and social conditions. Lifelong learning in Europe. 2005.8
Education and training rank among the highest political priorities for the Member States of the European Union. Acquiring and continuously updating and upgrading a high level of knowledge, skills and competencies is considered a prerequisite for the personal development of all citizens and for participation in all aspects of society from active citizenship through to labour market integration. Lifelong learning has emerged as an overarching strategy for enabling citizens to meet new challenges.