National school policies related to the European dimension are based on the following two main papers:
- Europe of Education. Development and promotion of the European dimension of education (L'Europa dell'istruzione. Sviluppo e promozione della dimensione europea dell'feducazione, Ministerial directive of 21 June 2004);
- More school in Europe, more Europe at School (Più scuola in Europa, più Europa nella scuola, Ministerial directive of 21 June 2007).
The first document has started a process that, in the respect of specific local experiences and of school autonomy, supports the actions aimed at building an European area for education and training.
The directive of 2007, gives new inputs to the action by providing for a new strategy which strengthens the collaboration with the Italian representation of the European Commission and of the European Parliament, as well as with the local authorities. It encourages integrated territorial interventions at the regional level to carry out in service training initiatives for all the school staff and to develop subject and cross-curricular pathways with a European approach, to increase the value of the plans of the education which offer a European or international dimension.