The validation of non-formal and informal learning is a key issue for the Platform. Coherence in lifelong learning strategies means building bridges between formal, non-formal and informal learning. This focus on flexible learning pathways has led in the past years to an increased attention paid to the validation and recognition of learning that takes place outside formal systems. On 20 December 2012 the Council of the EU adopted a Recommendation on Validation of non-formal and informal learning for an increased cooperation between the EU and Member States with the goal to have national validation arrangements in all countries by 2018.
The platform decided to set up a Validation Task Force in July 2013 in order to follow up on the Recommendation implementation and work both on political and practical proposals regarding the validation of non-formal and informal learning. The task force works as a space for cross-fertilisation and exchange of expertise, meeting three or four times a year.