The 2010 joint progress report of the Council and the Commission on the implementation of the Education & Training 2010 work programme Key Competences for a Changing world sets out measures to support the provision of key competences to adults including new and revised legislation, improved delivery and governance, and specific funding.

The REALM project idea was born out of a recognised need to better connect adult learning in the regions of the European Union with EU policy development. This will both enhance the adult learning agenda, where EU policies are often unintentionally excluded, and support a better formulation and delivery of EU policies to this target group.

This project will contribute to addressing this gap by focusing on the seven key Flagship Initiatives of the Europe 2020 Strategy. We hope that lessons learnt in this project can input to future reviews of the strategy from an adult learning perspective and thus have far-reaching impact. By focusing on one sector, adult learning, and addressing the relevance of each of the seven designated Flagship Initiatives to this target group, we hope to bring EU policy closer to EU citizens.

The project will seek to make this connection through the delivery of four seminars over 12 months focusing on:
(1) European Platform against poverty and the European Year 2012 of Active Ageing
(2) Youth on the Move and New Skills and Jobs
(3) Innovation Union and Digital Agenda for Europe
(4) Resource Efficient Europe & an Industrial Policy for the Globalisation Era

Major milestones will include:
Setting up a REALM website;
Inviting regions to contribute good-practice case studies to the website;
Designing and delivering a programme of 4 events
Developing materials on the Flagships for dissemination across Europe
Establishing a network of regional practitioners by end of project

Project website:

Reference: 517789-LLP-1-UK- GRUNDTVIG – GAM

Contract Period: November 2011 – October 2012


  • Hampshire County Council (Coordinator)
  • Assembly of European Regions (AER)

Project funded under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme, Grundtvig – Accompanying Measures