The external evaluation of Cedefop took place during 2006-2007 covering the period 2001-2006.

The Commission shares the evaluators overall positive assessment of Cedefop's work. It considers Cedefop has made a valuable contribution to the Community's activities in VET. Since 2000, the Lisbon strategy, Education and training 2010, the Copenhagen process and EU enlargement have dramatically changed the European context for VET.

The evaluation acknowledges Cedefops increasingly complex and demanding environment over the last six years. It concludes that Cedefop responded well, delivering greater flexibility, impact and value.

In particular, Cedefop supported the policy development process by helping implement the Education and training 2010 work programme and monitoring and reporting on Member States progress in implementing European VET policy priorities agreed in the Copenhagen process.

Cedefop contributed to strengthening European cooperation by helping develop European tools such as Europass and the European qualifications framework and by stimulating exchanges and peer learning through the study visits programme

This report is based on the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the final report, submitted by the evaluator. [extract]

Full title: Report from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the external evaluation of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training COM (2008) 356, 13.6.2008

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