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EU frameworks

The European Union has developed several frameworks for education. The most famous ones are the European Qualifications Framework, the Europass, the European Key Competences Framework, and the ECTS and ECVET credit systems. Other tools are being developed such as ESCO that may influence policy reforms in the countries.

The LLLP calls for an increased simplification and coherence between recognition and transparency tools in order to make them more user-friendly to learners. A coherent terminology should be used; the 2006 European Key Competences Framework being a reference document. Therefore it looks forward to the adoption of the Skills Agenda that calls for its revision and broader use.

The Platform also stresses the need for a more coherent political approach translated at implementation level by the creation of more bridges and complementarities between the various recognition and transparency tools. The aim of those frameworks should be to build a European area of lifelong learning.

The LLLPlatform is a member of the EQF Advisory Group that monitors the implementation of EQF and Validation mechanisms in Europe. It is also a member of the Thematic working group on digital skills that works on a competence framework.


  • Upgrading Europass: Better Services for Skills and Qualifications

    The first discussions on the Europass Framework revision by the CULT Committee in the European Parliament took place on 27 February. Despite having undergone several improvements since its launch, the Europass framework still faces major challenges regarding its tools and services due to recent technical, educational and labour market developments. The European Commission’s proposal would revise the Europass tools (and repeal Decision 2241/2004/EC). The objective is to ensure the realisation of the tools’ full potential and to update […]

  • Review of the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning

    On 22 February, the EU Commission launched a public consultation on revision of the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning, such as planned within the New Skills Agenda for Europe. The consultation will be running until 19 May 2017. The objective of the consultation is to gather input for informed changes to the 2006 Key Competences Framework. The consultation aims to gather inputs on the strengths and weaknesses in use of the 2006 Key Competences Framework; […]

  • Modernising Education in Europe: Assessment and Next Steps

    On 7 December 2016, the European Commission adopted a Communication setting out its vision for ensuring a high quality education for all. The Communication on improving and modernising education emphasises the strategic of importance of education in the EU. Investing in education represents society investing in its people and its future. The Commission recognises the achievements and progress of education and training systems across the EU in recent years. At the same time, the latest results of the OECD PISA survey, […]

  • Education and Training Monitor 2016

    This year’s Education and Training Monitor explores societal challenges, addresses migration and demography, analyses the key competences that education should help develop, the progress made in raising educational outcomes (reducing early school leaving and underachievement and increasing tertiary educational attainment) at EU and Member States levels.

  • Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe 2016

    This report, containing indicators in key policy developments (early childhood education and care, basic skills, early school leaving, higher education and graduate employability…) provides background and complementary information to the European Commission’s Education and Training Monitor 2016.

  • Investment in education and a lifelong learning approach: The only way to reach ET2020 targets

    On 8 November, the LLLPlatform published a press release in reaction to the newly launched Education and Training Monitor 2016.
    Press release: Education and Training Monitor 2016 – Investment in education and a lifelong learning approach: The only way to reach ET2020 targets
    The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomes the 2016 Education and Training Monitor published by  the EU Commission on 7 November. This 2016 report highlights the persistent challenges Europe has been facing for years, such as […]

  • Public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights

    The European Commission has launched a new consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights. This consultation process has three main aims: 1/ Assess the present EU social “acquis”: Which existing rights are practiced and remain relevant for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges? Should we consider new ways to deliver on these rights?; 2/ Reflect on new trends in work patterns and societies: What is the impact of new technologies, demographic trends and other factors on our working life and […]

  • A New Europass Framework: increasing visibility of skills and qualifications

    As part of the “New Skills Agenda for Europe” policy implementation, the European Commission adopted on 4 October a proposal to revise the Europass Decision. With this revision, the Commission aims to simplify and modernise these tools for the digital age and to add a new feature using big data to map and anticipate labour market trends and skills needs. The new Europass Framework will build upon this successful formula with easy to use tools to help people identify and communicate their […]

  • President Juncker’s State of the Union: Skills for Youth

    President Juncker’s speech on the “State of the Union” for 2016opened on the gloomy recent past and no less bright horizon we stand before as the European Union once again, struggles through an existential crisis: “From high unemployment and social inequality, to mountains of public debt, to the huge challenge of integrating refugees, to the very real threats to our security at home and abroad – every one of Europe’s Member States has been affected.” The LLLPlatform believes that […]

  • Skills Matter

    In the wake of the technological revolution that began in the last decades of the 20th century, labour market demand for information-processing and other high-level cognitive and interpersonal skills is growing substantially. Read the study.

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