In 2017, The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) (ReferNet Finland) and the Academic Information Centre (AIC) (ReferNet Latvia) welcomed their colleagues and partners to partnership forums organised jointly with Cedefop. In these annual forums, ReferNet members discuss vocational education and training (VET) issues, improve their knowledge by sharing information on recent developments in national policies and systems, and develop a common approach to the deliverables included in their annual work plan.

This year’s partnership forums took place on 11 and 12 May in Helsinki and on 17 and 18 May in Riga.

The forums  focused on reporting activities: outreach and guidance, VET in Europe reports 2018, opinion survey on VET, key competences in VET, and the VET policy questionnaire. But partners  also reflected on how to improve the visibility of Cedefop/ReferNet deliverables in order to draft recommendations to the whole network.

We warmly thank EDUFI and AIC for keeping up the momentum, and we look to Helsinki and Riga for inspiration in our discussions.

ReferNet is a network of institutions across Europe representing the 28 Member States, plus Iceland and Norway. The network provides Cedefop with information and analysis on national vocational education and training. National partners also disseminate information on European VET and Cedefop’s work to stakeholders in the EU Member States, Iceland and Norway. ReferNet publications can be accessed through the ReferNet page on Cedefop’s website.

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Event details

Event Date(s)
17/05/2017 - 18/05/2017
Event Type
Invitation only
Cedefop involvement


Agenda - ReferNet 2017 Partnership forum Riga



Sylvie Bousquet
Project manager