About National policy developments

This section provides information on policy developments in the EU, Iceland and Norway. Cedefop monitors and analyses the developments on priorities in vocational education and training (VET) that have been agreed within the process of European cooperation in VET since 2002 (known as the Copenhagen Process). It produces synthesis reports to show how these priorities have been implemented by the countries. The findings of the most recent report Enhancing European cooperation in VET: outcomes of the Riga cycle. Progress in common priorities for 2015-20 have been presented at a joint Cedefop – ETF conference in June 2020 and informed discussions of policy makers to set priorities for VET beyond 2020.

Cedefop produces country reports that set the basis for regular synthesis reports which identify policy trends to support policy- and decision-making in the Member States, increase the transparency of VET systems and support comparative work and analysis on VET-related topics across countries. 

To collect the most recent information, Cedefop organises surveys addressed to Cedefop’s European network of expertise on VET (ReferNet) collects information from the Directors General for Vocational Education and Training (DGVT) and complements this information with its own monitoring, research and analyses on the progress of the European tools and instruments (such as EQF and NQFs, validation and recognition of prior learning, quality assurance, lifelong guidance) and available studies on topics such as apprenticeships, VET teachers and trainers, and upskilling pathways.