The year under review has been marked by a number of events that will inevitably have an impact on the immediate future of Cedefop and European vocational education and training (VET). The celebration of Cedefop’s 40th anniversary, the Riga conclusions and the renewed ET 2020, the internal reorganisation of the Centre and our planning for the new cycle 2017-20 have given us a new lease of life and more vigour to work harder for VET.

The theme ‘old routes for new routes’ was at the heart of the 40th anniversary celebrations. The aim was to inspire continuation of work to modernise VET by highlighting the considerable achievements of European cooperation in VET to date and the new directions ministers in charge of education and training gave in Riga, as well as the renewed ET 2020 which unfolded a dual role of VET for excellence and inclusion.

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