Vocational training

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Vocational training

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Vocational training


These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

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Vocational training

Citizens must be able to acquire the skills, knowledge and competences required of them in today’s knowledge-based economy. Vocational education and training (VET) plays a key role. European cooperation in VET aims to ensure that the European labour market is open to all. Based on the Copenhagen process, it consists of the development of common European frameworks and tools that enhance the transparency, recognition and quality of competences and qualifications, as well as facilitate the mobility of learners and workers. The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) and the European Training Foundation (ETF) are the main bodies involved in supporting cooperation in VET.


  • Priorities for vocational education and training (2011-2020)
  • The Copenhagen process: enhanced European cooperation in vocational education and training
  • A new impetus for cooperation in vocational education and training
  • Cooperation in vocational education and training (VET)
  • European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for VET
  • European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET)
  • European Qualifications Framework
  • EUROPASS – Serving citizen mobility
  • EUROPASS-Training
  • Education and training in the nuclear energy field
  • Right of residence for students


  • Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-13
  • Leonardo da Vinci (Phase II) 2000-2006
  • Iris
  • Force
  • Eurotecnet
  • Comett II
  • Comett I


  • Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
  • European Training Foundation (ETF)
  • Advisory Committee on Vocational Training
  • Cedefop (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training)


  • System for the recognition of professional qualifications
  • Lawyers: freedom of establishment

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