European cooperation in the field of Quality Assurance (QA) in Vocational Education and Training (VET) aims at increasing effective progress towards achieving the Lisbon goals and the target set by the Barcelona European Council in March 2002 of making Europes education and training systems a world quality reference by 2010.

At its meeting in June 2005, the Advisory Committee for Vocational Training (ACVT), following a proposal from the Commission, agreed to the establishment of a Europe Network on Quality Assurance in VET. The European Network was launched on 3 October 2005 in Dublin, at the Conference "Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (VET): Building Sustainable European Co-operation" hosted by FETAC with the support of the Department of Education and Science and the European Commission.