Policy toolbox

The Policy toolkit aims to get a direct window on the main lifelong learning green policies that are developed at the European level. This Policy toolkit does not seek to be a reference on green skills but rather to give you some guidance on their development.

Our highlights

  •  European Green Deal (2019 – 2024): It aims at turning the EU into the first climate neutral continent by 2050. To achieve this goal, EU members states comminted to reduce emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
  • New competence framework to support learning for environmental sutainability: Linked to the Council Recommendation on learning for environmental the Commission published a new competence framework on sustainability for lifelong learning (GreenComp) that provides learners and educators a common grid on what sustainability entails as a competence. EARLALL was involved in the validation of the framework as the organisation was part of the Stakeholders expert group
  • European Green Deal 2050: The European Green Deal is a package of policy initiatives, which aims to set the EU on the path to a green transition, with the ultimate goal of reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

European Commission

  • European Skills Agenda (2019 – 2024): The European Skills Agenda aims at helping individuals and businesses to develop better skills and to put them to use in order to implement:
  • European Education Area by 2025: The aim of this initiative is to strengthen the contribution of education to EU’s recovery. The Commission proposes a number of new initiatives to deliver on this goal, together with the Member States and the stakeholders, notably Supporting the green and digital transitions in and through education and training.
      • The Commission explicitly recommended to activate education and training by developing skills, including upskilling and reskilling and by investing in environmental sustainability. In this context, the Commission developed several green education initiative

Committee of the Regions


  • Osnabrück declaration 2020 on vocational education and training as an enabler of recovery and just transitions to digital and green economies. With this declaration, Ministers in charge of VET agreed on a new set of policies in VET for 2021 – 2025 to set up the vision of training for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience


  • The ESCO database: It is the multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. The ESCO classification identifies and categorises skills, competences, qualifications and occupations relevant for the EU labour market and education and training
  • A European approach to micro-credentials for lifelong learning and employabilit: Micro-credentials, certificates of brief learning experiences, are becoming increasingly important in higher education and vocational training vocational. However, Micro-credentials certify the learning outcomes of short-term learning experiences, for example a short course or training.

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