To me lifelong learning means that you have to acquire new knowledge all through life – both in the formal adult and further education system, by non-formal adult education, but also through learning and practical experiences in the labour market.
Basically this is for the member states themselves to decide and handle, but in the European Parliament we must be aware that we do not make decisions that limit the possibilities for adult education and lifelong learning in the member states.
In the ordinary labour market we have lots of options to include different disadvantaged groups and – in that way – to secure there link to and inclusion in society. This also goes for their opportunities for lifelong learning like everybody else.
As a supplement to the ordinary formal educational system.
This must be voluntary since it is outside the legal framework of EU.
Education and learning are crucial to a dynamic labour market – and this is true all through life.