The Bruges Communiqué on enhanced European Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training for the period 2011-2020 has been adopted by the Education Ministers from 33 European countries (EU-27, Croatia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey).

The'Bruges Communiqué is a package of objectives and actions to increase the quality of vocational training in Europe by making it more accessible and relevant to the needs of the labour market.

It presents a vision of a modern and attractive vocational training system which ensures:

  • Maximum access to lifelong learning so that people have opportunities to learn at any stage in life and by making routes into education and training more open and flexible
  • More opportunities for experience and training abroad to boost language skills, self-confidence and adaptability
  • Higher quality courses, providing the right skills for specific jobs,
  • More inclusion and access for disadvantaged people,
  • Creative, innovative and entrepreneurial thinking.

The Bruges Communiqué is the latest revision of the Copenhagen Process for European co-operation on vocational education and training.

Cedefop is a contributor to this Communiqué and the Copenhagen Process.