This Communication assesses the implementation of the Community Lisbon Programme 2008-2010 in the first year of the new cycle and identifies the pending priority actions that should now be addressed with highest priority in order to complement the actions identified in the ERP and by the Member States in their updated national reform programmes.

Some relevant points of this communication are:

Skills development and life-long learning will be supported by an "updated strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training" and specific measures to promote quality of and mobility in vocational education and training.

The Commission has also proposed to revise the rules of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund so that it can intervene more rapidly in key sectors, either to co-finance training and job placements for those who are made redundant or to keep in the labour market skilled workers who will be needed once the economy starts to recover.


Reference: Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Implementation Report for the Community Lisbon Programme 2008 2010. COM(2008) 881, 16.12.2008