Towards a European qualifications framework for lifelong learning : Commission Staff Working Document.
Brussels, 8.7.2005
SEC(2005) 957

This paper outlines the main features of a possible future European Qualifications Framework (EQF). EU Heads of Government at their meeting in Brussels in March 2005 requested the creation of an EQF, thus supporting and strengthening previous recommendations (February and December 2004) made by the Ministers of Education and Training. The paper constitutes the basis on which a wide ranging consultation will take place in the period July-December 2005 of policy makers, social partners, stakeholders and experts in qualifications systems throughout Europe.

Important support has been provided by the European Center for Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) and the European Training Foundation (ETF).

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