With the establishment of the Jean Monnet Programme in 1990, the European Commission began supporting academic research and teaching in the field of European Integration within and outside of the European Union. Since 2007, the Jean Monnet activities are part of the new Lifelong Learning Program. They are administrated by the “Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency” of the European Commission, established in 2005.
A major objective of the Jean Monnet Programme is to promote teaching and research on European Integration within different disciplines. This mainly happens through the creation of Jean Monnet Chairs, Jean Monnet Centers of Excellence, and Jean Monnet teaching modules. Furthermore, networking activities of scholars and other research activities are supported. The second major objective of the Jean Monnet Program is funding for genuinely European institutions, such as the European University Institute, Florence, and the College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin, as well as for scholarly associations.