Austrian Consul in Athens Christian Vlazny discussed opportunities of cooperation with Cedefop during a visit to the agency on 23 April. Mr Vlazny expressed his interest in Cedefop’s work to support Member States and focused on direct benefits of vocational education and training (VET) policies for the European citizen.

The Austrian official, who was accompanied by his country’s Honorary Consul in Thessaloniki Evelyn Papadopoulou, met with Cedefop Director James Calleja, Deputy Director Mara Brugia and Head of Communication Gerd-Oskar Bausewein, and attended a presentation of the agency’s work by experts Corinna Frey and Lore Schmid.

Mr Vlazny said that he was impressed by Cedefop’s ‘great work’ and added that ‘direct contact can help bring countries together’ in several policy areas including apprenticeship.