Mechanics training class with teacher and students
On 7 March Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint Comment on a European Commission proposal for a new founding regulation on CEDEFOP - the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training.
In their comment, the EEA EFTA States welcome and support the Commission proposal for a regulation on CEDEFOP
. Founded in 1975 and based in Greece since 1995, CEDEFOP supports development of European vocational education and training policies and contributes to their implementation.
Once adopted, the regulation will not only align the existing regulation with the Common Approach on Decentralised Agencies, but also bring the objectives and tasks of CEDEFOP in line with its actual activities and with developments in the field of vocational education and training.
The EEA EFTA States have cooperated with CEDEFOP for over 20 years and that they have engaged in a range of successful projects, such as the European Forum on Transparency of Vocational Qualifications, the validation of non-formal and informal learning, CEDEFOP’s European network for vocational education and training (ReferNet), the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET), the Study Visits Programme, Europass, and forecasting skill demand and supply. The EEA EFTA States therefore support the continuation of this cooperation under the same terms and welcome the fact that Article 29 of the CEDEFOP proposal opens for the possibility to cooperate with organisations in the EFTA States, in the spirit of Article 4(6) of Protocol 31 EEA.
Read the full EEA EFTA Comment here
What is an EEA EFTA Comment?
One of the ways in which the EEA EFTA States participate in shaping EU legislation is by submitting comments on important policy issues. A typical EEA EFTA comment provides a brief commentary and suggestions regarding Commission initiatives such as green papers or legislative proposals. The comments are endorsed by the Standing Committee and officially noted by the EEA Joint Committee after they have been sent to the relevant services in the Commission, the European Parliament and/or the Council.
More EEA EFTA comments are available here