Building european VETCedefop and the European Commission’s Directorate General Education and Culture (DG EAC) are organising a conference (29-30 September) to discuss the results of the former’s monitoring report on progress towards a common European strategy on vocational education and training (VET) as set out in the 2010 Bruges Communiqué.

The Bruges communiqué relaunched reform of VET in the European Union (EU) in 2010. The timing was important. Following the economic crisis, the communiqué marked another significant step in European cooperation in VET. Member States, joined by other European countries, the European Commission and social partners set out strategic objectives for the period 2011-20 supported by ‘short-term deliverables’ to be achieved by 2014.
As part of this vision, the communiqué foresaw flexible, open and innovative learning methods, supported by well-qualified teachers and trainers, state-of-the-art facilities and backed by enterprises and the social partners.

But how far have we come? At the conference in Thessaloniki, European, Member State and social partner policy-makers will reflect on the progress made together with VET experts, providers and learners.

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