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In this project Cedefop monitors and analyses progress towards achieving targets in vocational education and training that have been agreed within the Copenhagen process of enhanced European cooperation. Cedefop’s reports, 'Trends in VET policy in Europe 2010-2012: Progress towards the Bruges Communiqué' and 'Stronger VET for better lives Cedefop’s monitoring report on vocational education and training policies 2010-14' show how these short-term actions have been implemented in EU Member States and candidate countries.

The aim of the project is to:

  • support VET policy development and implementation in Europe;
  • provide up-to-date comparable data on progress in European vocational education and training policies;
  • help to improve mutual understanding and common learning in Europe.

To collect the most recent information, Cedefop organises surveys addressed to ReferNet and collects information from the Directors General for Vocational Education and Training ,the social partner and government representatives in the Advisory Committee for Vocational Training and from Member States and social partners represented in the EU-level working groups on the implementation of the EU tools.

ReferNet’s contribution takes the form of in depth information on policy developments and trends from the point of view of individual countries. The answers of the network to Cedefop’s questionnaires help illustrate the developments in each country and are the basis for cross-country analyses of trends. The findings of the policy monitoring work are regularly discussed with policy makers, social partners and other stakeholders during their meetings and at Cedefop events. Cedefop’s conference on VET policy (Building European VET – Time to move on) was held in Thessaloniki on 29-30 September 2014.

Contact Details: Cedefop Policy analysis team

Project contacts

Cedefop VET Policies and Systems team