After almost 7 years of helping citizens make their skills and qualifications clearly understood across Europe, the Europass website has now acquired a new, modern graphic identity.
This past summer (8 June) the European Parliament adopted a resolution, initiated by MEP Nadja Hirsch, on European cooperation in vocational education and training to support the European 2020 strategy. Looking back at almost 10 years since the launch of the Copenhagen process for better cooperation in vocational education and training (VET), the resolution called on the Member States to live up to their promises and implement the measures needed to make VET fit for the future. Among such measures, the common European tools and principles for VET play a leading role in making it easier to compare various forms of learning between countries and sectors, and allowing people to have this learning recognised across Europe. This past November, Cedefop organised two events at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss these tools and principles: a workshop on the general impact on the tools; and a conference with the European social partners on the role of employers and workers in further developing and implementing the common tools and principles.
Cedefop's conference at the European Parliament last week (24-25 November) examined the role and responsibilities of employers and trade unions in making the EU tools a reality for citizens.
Have the European tools improved learning, mobility and employment?
A joint Cedefop-European Parliament workshop (Brussels, 22 November 2011) looks into the stakeholder experiences with common tools such as Europass and the European Qualifications Framework.
Ernesto Villalba-García joined Cedefop in June to work on the new Europass tool.
On 30 June four EU agencies held a joint seminar at the European Parliament on the all too topical issue of youth employment. The agencies, Cedefop, Eurofound, ETF and EU-OSHA, each presented their work, which ranged across several related topics.
The use of Europass documents has far surpassed expectations, confirming the relevance of this initiative to learners and workers in Europe.