The Commission has just adopted a working document as a basis for consultation on the EU 2020 Strategy, announced in President Barroso's political guidelines as the follow up to the Lisbon Strategy.
Commissioner Jan Figel’ was recently in Thessaloniki to announce the publication of Cedefop’s latest policy report, Continuity, consolidation and change: Toward a European era of vocational education and training, and to attend the Agora conference of the same title. He spoke briefly to Ioanna Nezi, Cedefop’s press officer.
When setting objectives for education and training, and when defining qualifications, policy-makers are beginning to focus less on input factors (duration, location, method) and more on what a learner knows and is able to do at the end of a learning process – i.e. on learning outcomes. This gradual shift has underpinned many related EU policy initiatives over the past few years.