Cedefop renews ties with host country in annual event

Cedefop’s annual reception in honour of Greek Members of the European Parliament (September 11) attracted decision-makers of the political arena but also academics, members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of local government, industry and social partners.

Minister Anna Diamantopoulou and Director
Aviana Bulgarelli
The event was held at the Archaeological Museum on the opening day of the Thessaloniki International Fair. Several Members of the European Parliament attended the meeting, including George Stavrakakis, Sylvana Rapti and Chryssoula Paliadeli. Also present was the Greek Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs Anna Diamantopoulou, who particularly thanked Cedefop for its support to the Ministry in developing the national qualifications framework.

Aviana Bulgarelli reminded the audience that this year is a special one for Cedefop as it marks its 15th year in Thessaloniki and the 35th anniversary since its founding in 1975. Throughout its history, she said, Cedefop has supported the development of better vocational training policies in Europe, most recently by contributing to the Europe 2020 strategy. She added: “The economic crisis of the last two years has been painful, particularly for those who lost their jobs, and has made the implementation of reforms in education and training all the more urgent. Cedefop is playing its part by providing the factual evidence, analysis, and conceptual tools that can best serve the needs and priorities of policy makers at the European level, in Member States and in social partner organisations.”

The Director, who is leaving on 15 October, thanked the guests for their cooperation over the last five years. She said she is happy to be handing the torch to her Deputy, Christian Lettmayr, who now becomes Acting Director.



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