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Ministers and senior officials, representing 17 regions from nine European countries, will be experiencing the hosp...
Ministers and senior officials, representing 17 regions from nine European countries, will be experiencing the hospitality of Wales when they visit Cardiff and parts of South Wales on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 September.

Jane Davidson, minister for education and lifelong learning, will be hosting a meeting of the European Association of Regional and Local Authorities for Lifelong Learning (EARALL) which will be held at City Hall.

Wales is a founder member of EARALL, a network that offers its members the opportunity to work in partnership with other European regions on the development of strategies and programmes for lifelong learning. EARALL is a growing institution, with currently 17 member regions, spread across 9 European countries.

The majority of the visit will be taken up with meetings of the EARALL network, however as part of their stay, delegates will be given the opportunity, on the afternoon of the first day, to take a tour of two Welsh adult learning providers so that delegates can get a flavour of the variety of adult learning provision in Wales. One of the centres will be the Arts Factory in Ferndale - a community based venture and the other will be Perkin Elmer in Llantrisant - a more highly skilled business which delivers work based learning.

Opportunities for delegates to be interviewed by the press at City Hall have been built into the programme around lunchtime on both days. (Full programme for the two days attached).

On the second day discussion will centre on proposals for a new generation of the European Social Fund; statements from work groups - including one on Adult Education in Wales and presentations from members on progress of individual projects.




Rhineland Pfalz (Germany)

Tuscany (Italy)

Basque Country (Spain)

Vastra Gotaland (Sweden)

Balearic Islands (Spain)

Vejle County (Denmark)

Madona Region (Latvia)

County of Fjordane ( No rway)

Andalucia (Spain)

Catalonia (Spain)

Livorno (Italy)

Marche (Italy)

Murcia (Spain)

Trento (Italy)

Vidin District (Bulgaria)


17 regions from 9 Countries.

The full programme for the EARLALL conference is as follows:

Wednesday 24 September

8.45 to 10.15 EARLALL General Assembly meeting - City Hall

10.15 to 11.15 EARLALL Board meeting - City Hall

11.15 to 12.15 EARLALL General Assembly - City Hall

12.15 to 12.30 Opportunity for interviews with the Press

12.30 to 13.40 Lunch - Hilton Hotel

13.45 to 17.00 Visits to Learning providers (The Arts Factory - Ferndale and Perkin Elmer - Llantrisant)

19.15 to close Reception and Dinner - The National Museum, Cardiff

Thursday 25 September

9.30 to 13.00 EARLALL General Assembly meeting - City Hall

13.00 to 13.15 Opportunity for interviews with the Press

13.15 to 14.30 Lunch - Hilton Hotel

14.45 Free time to explore Cardiff

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