As part of the simplification programme within the Commission Legislative and Work Programme for 2007, which aims to simplify the regulatory environment for business and other stakeholders this proposal aims to repeal Council Decision 85/368/EEC.
The Decision called for the Commission and Member States to cooperate in drawing up Community job descriptions for specific occupations or groups of occupations, and then match vocational training qualifications recognised in the Member States with these agreed job descriptions. However, in practice, the system proved cumbersome and implementation at best partial. The Commission additionally believes that the VET Decision is superseded by several more recent initiatives taken at EU or inter-governmental level to increase transparency, support transfer and facilitate the valuing of learning outcomes, such as the EQF-European Qualifications Framework proposal.
The EQF differs from the 1985 Decision in scope in being a lifelong learning framework, covering general and adult education, higher education as well as VET (which was the sole focus of the 1985 Decision)
Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council repealing Council Decision 85/368/EEC on the comparability of vocational training qualifications between the Member States of the European Community