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Programme for mutual learning in employment

The Mutual Learning Programme encourages Member States to share their experiences and good practice in the field of employment.

The Programme aims to improve and develop cooperation between Member Sates, whether at a national, regional or local level. Cooperation actions are carried out in the key areas of the European Employment Strategy (EES), which forms an integral part of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

The Programme contributes to the objectives to be met by the European Union (EU) before 2020 on matters of employment and social inclusion, so that:

  • 75 % of people between the ages of 20 and 64 are employed;
  • the rate of school leavers is less than 10 %, and that 40 % of young people have a higher education diploma;
  • the number of people affected by poverty is reduced by 20 million.

In addition, the Mutual Learning Programme participates in the general objectives of the open method of coordination (OMC), for converging employment policies.

Implementing the Programme

The Programme provides for three types of actions:

  • thematic seminars on the priorities of employment policies, during which policy-makers, social partners and other stakeholders can debate the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy;
  • peer review meetings, bringing together representatives of national governments and independent experts on issues relating to specific policies, in order to facilitate the transfer of good practice between Member States;
  • follow-up and dissemination activities on the results of actions taken by a larger group of stakeholders at national level.

The programme is open to participation by EU Member States, candidate countries and countries in the European Economic Area (EEA).


The Progress Programme for employment and solidarity finances mutual learning activities. In particular, this Programme supports cooperation between EU Member States on matters of policy and innovative approaches in the field of employment.


The Mutual Learning Programme was launched in 2004 following the conclusions of the European Employment Task Force which highlighted the importance of the exchange of good practice in the field of employment.

Last updated: 30.06.2011
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