The purpose of this report is to give account of progress or shortcomings on the implementation of the Action Plan for skills and mobility, which was adopted by the Commission in February 2002 and endorsed by the Barcelona European Council in March 2002.
The original objectives against which progress has been measured were threefold:
Firstly, to expand occupational mobility and skills development, by ensuring that education and training systems become more responsive to the labour market.
Secondly, to facilitate geographic mobility through the removal of administrative and legal barriers, the development of language and cross-cultural skills, the promotion of cross-border recognition of qualifications, and an EU wide immigration policy.
Finally, to promote both occupational and geographic mobility through the provision and dissemination of information about existing opportunities for mobility and the related support mechanisms in the EU, mainly through the setting up of a One-Stop mobility information site and the improvement of the EURES2 jobs vacancy system.
Report from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committe and the Committee of the Regions. Final Report on the Implementation of the Commission's Action Plan for Skills and Mobility (COM(2002) 72 final)