Cedefop, the EU agency supporting development and implementation of vocational education and training (VET) (1) policy, is a tripartite agency steered by governments, employers and employee representatives as well as the Commission. Its 2016 work programme reflects the plan to support the Riga conclusions and the skills roadmap, for a more qualified and competitive European workforce.

This work programme is consistent with the agency’s mission, set out in its Founding Regulation. As part of its common approach to regulatory agencies, the European Commission is expected to propose a revision of Cedefop’s Founding Regulation in 2016. This year also marks the end of Cedefop’s current medium-term priorities; in 2016, new multiannual objectives for 2017-20 will take account of a revised vocational education and training policy agenda and a shift to multiannual programming.

The new VET policy for the period up to 2020 is now part of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), as outlined in Chapter 2. The chapter also discusses other policy developments planned for 2016 that could affect Cedefop’s further work, notably the European Commission’s ‘skills agenda’ and its ‘integrated service’ for qualifications and skills...

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