A first formal encounter between vocational education and training (VET) researchers and practitioners, organised jointly by UNESCO/UNEVOC and Cedefop, took place at the United Nations campus in Bonn on 18 July.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Faculty of Law of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki at a ceremony at Thessaloniki’s Concert Hall on 14 July, in the presence of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and other distinguished guests.
Cedefop’s analysis of real-time labour market information was presented by expert Alena Zukersteinova at a conference on adapting to changing skill needs organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris on 10 July.
MEPs Tomáš Zdechovský and Thodoris Zagorakis visited Cedefop in Thessaloniki on 10 July and were briefed on the agency’s work by Director James Calleja, heads of department and other staff.
Set up around the ‘Unity through balance’ motto, Estonia has assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the European Union (EU) Council until the end of 2017.
Cedefop took part in a large-scale international conference on ‘skills on the move: global trends, local resonances’, organised by UNESCO, the People’s Republic of China and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research on 4-6 July in Tangshan, China.