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2006/0163(COD) European Qualifications Framework (EQF) for lifelong learning

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead EMPL MANTOVANI Mario (icon: PPE-DE PPE-DE)
Committee Opinion ITRE DEL CASTILLO VERA Pilar (icon: PPE-DE PPE-DE)
Committee Opinion CULT GAĽA Milan (icon: PPE-DE PPE-DE)
Committee Opinion FEMM PRETS Christa (icon: PSE PSE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
EC Treaty (after Amsterdam) EC 149-p4, EC Treaty (after Amsterdam) EC 150-p4

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2016/06/10
   EC - For information
2013/12/19
   EC - Follow-up document
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The Commission presents an evaluation of the European Qualification Framework (EQF) for Lifelong Learning.

Purpose of the report : the report presents the EQF experience so far and discusses possible implications for the future. It looks at whether the recommendation in its current form can cope with new challenges caused by rapid socio-economic and technological changes, and if it fosters flexible learning.

Challenges include the increasing number of qualifications offered by private providers, more international qualifications, and the recent emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which have the potential to reach many students. This evaluation, together with the Europass and the EQAVET evaluations and the progress report on quality assurance in higher education , will help identify challenges for and possible improvements to the European Area of Skills and Qualifications.

What is the EQF? The European Qualifications Framework promotes lifelong learning and improves learner and worker mobility, employability and social integration by creating a European reference framework for qualifications systems. The EQF makes it easier to compare and recognise the qualifications of millions of graduates looking for further learning opportunities or entering the labour market across Europe each year.

The EQF introduced eight European reference levels defined in terms of learning outcomes and able to capture all types and levels of qualifications. It is stimulating national governments to make recognising qualifications easier and more transparent: 36 countries voluntarily participate in the EQF (28 EU Member States, five candidate countries, and Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).

Main conclusions : findings confirm that the EQF is widely accepted as a reference point for:

developing qualifications frameworks, implementing the learning outcomes approach, and enhancing the transparency and recognition of skills and competences.

It could be central within a future European Area of Skills and Qualifications . However, implementation delays have created a sense of urgency. The EU should make it possible for learners and workers to make their skills more visible no matter where they acquired them. It must make the EQF fully operational as soon as possible.

Based on the evaluation results, the Commission suggests considering a series of measures to enhance the relevance, effectiveness and impact of the EQF:

Accelerate EQF referencing and developing national qualifications frameworks : all countries should develop strong NQFs that are understood and used by stakeholders. Strengthen the role and impact of qualifications frameworks based on learning outcomes at national and European levels: governments should commit to using the learning outcomes approach in all education and training sub-systems. Enhance transparent and coherent EQF referencing, taking into account the changing nature of qualifications systems. Strengthen the link between European quality assurance and qualifications frameworks. Improve communication on the EQF, to better reach out to learners, workers and other stakeholders and inform them about the EQF’s benefits: countries should set up national qualification databases/ registers and connect these to the EQF portal which should be linked with the European portal on learning opportunities (Ploteus) and ESCO. Make better use of the EQF in policies and tools for mobility and lifelong learning, such as credit transfer and recognition.

2008/05/06
   Final act published in Official Journal
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ACT: Council Recommendation on the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning and repealing the recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 on the establishment of the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning.

BACKGROUND: the Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 establishing the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (see the summary of the final act dated 23.4.2008) created a common frame of reference that includes 8 reference levels expressed as learning outcomes with increasing levels of proficiency. These levels serve as a translation device between different national systems and levels of certification .

The European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF) aims to improve the transparency, comparability and transferability of qualifications awarded.

This Recommendation aims, in general, to contribute to the modernisation of education and training systems and to the improvement of employability, mobility and social integration of workers and learners . It also aims at better linking formal, non-formal and informal learning and supporting the validation of learning outcomes acquired in different settings.

Review the framework proposed in 2008: the Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 laid down common principles governing quality assurance in higher education and vocational education and training. These principles respected the principle of subsidiarity. However, an implementation report of the 2013 EQF indicated that further development of the EQF should take place in order to enhance the transparency and comparability of qualifications. The new framework therefore aims to make the certifications clearer and easier to compare.

· The issue of recognition of migrants' skills: while the Union's acquis on legal immigration and asylum provides for equal treatment with EU nationals, higher levels of overqualification and underemployment persist among third-country nationals with higher education. Cooperation between the Union and third countries on the transparency of qualifications can therefore contribute to the integration of migrants into the Union's labour markets;

· Subsidiarity and importance of the adopted terms of reference: this recommendation (2017) does not replace or define any national framework or system of certification . It seeks to strengthen the EQF as a common frame of reference comprising 8 levels expressed as learning outcomes and serving as a translation mechanism between the different frameworks or certification systems and their levels . In view of its non-binding nature, the Recommendation is in line with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality in that it supports and complements the action of the Member States by facilitating cooperation between them in order to improve the transparency, comparability and portability of certifications awarded.

CONTENT: the Recommendation proposes a series of actions to be carried out at different levels which can be summarised as follows:

- as regards the Member States , it recommends:

· using the EQF to reference national certification frameworks or systems and comparing all types and levels of certification in the Union that are part of national qualifications frameworks or systems, in particular by referencing their qualification levels to levels of the EQF set out in Annex II and by using the criteria set out in Annex III ;

· reviewing and updating, using the criteria set out in Annex III, the referencing of the levels of the national certification frameworks or systems to the levels of the EQF set out in Annex II;

· ensuring that qualifications with an EQF level are in accordance with the common principles for quality assurance set out in Annex IV;

· promoting linkages between credit systems and national certification frameworks or systems and linking them to national certification frameworks or systems. These common principles will not lead to an automatic recognition of qualifications;

· taking steps to ensure that all new certification documents issued by the competent authorities (certificates, diplomas, certificate or diploma supplements) and/or registers of qualifications contain a clear reference to the appropriate EQF level;

· improve transparency on the EQF criteria and encourage social partners, public employment services, education providers (...) to use the EQF to support the comparison of qualifications and the transparency of learning outcomes.

- as regards the Commission in cooperation with the Member States and stakeholders within the EQF advisory group , it recommends:

· supporting the consistent application of the EQF in all Member States;

· supporting the development, on a voluntary basis, of procedures for the levelling of international qualifications ;

· exploring the possibilities of defining and applying criteria and procedures that allow for the comparison , in accordance with international agreements, of national and regional qualifications frameworks of third countries with the EQF .

- as regards the Commission , it recommends:

· ensuring that the implementation of the Recommendation is supported by actions financed under relevant Union programmes;

· ensuring effective implementation of the EQF by maintaining and fully supporting the EQF Advisory Group established in 2009;

· reviewing and evaluating the measures taken in the light of this recommendation and reporting to the Council, by 2022, on the experience gained and lessons to be learned for the future, including the review and revision of this recommendation.

Annexes: the Recommendation also contains a series of annexes containing the following elements:

· Annex I: definitions relevant to the qualifications framework;

· Annex II: Descriptors defining the required levels of the EQF with a specific level of knowledge, skills and competences acquired for each reference level described in terms of the learner's "responsibility and autonomy" criteria;

· Annex III: Criteria and procedures for matching national certification frameworks or systems with the EQF;

· Annex IV: Principles for quality assurance of qualifications in national qualifications frameworks or systems and mapped to the EQF;

· Annex V: Principles governing credit system systems linked to national qualifications frameworks or systems, mapped to the EQF;

· Annex VI: elements necessary for the electronic publication of information on the certifications corresponding to each level of the EQF.

Repeal: the recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 is hereby repealed.

2008/04/23
   CSL - Draft final act
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2008/04/23
   CSL - Final act signed
2008/04/23
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2008/02/14
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2008/02/14
   CSL - Council Meeting
2007/11/21
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
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2007/11/15
   CSL - Council Meeting
2007/10/24
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2007/10/24
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading
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The European Parliament adopted a resolution drafted by Mario MANTOVANI (EPP-ED, IT) and made several amendments to the Commission’s proposal. The principal ones are as follows:

- Recommendation 1: Member States should use the European Qualifications Framework as a reference tool to compare the qualification levels of the different qualifications systems and to promote both lifelong learning and equal opportunities in the knowledge-based society, as well as the further integration of the European labour market, while respecting the rich diversity of national education systems;

- Recommendation 2: Member States should relate their national qualifications system to the European Qualifications Framework by 2010, (rather than 2011 as proposed by the Commission) in particular by referencing in a transparent manner their qualification levels to the levels set out in Annex II, and, where considered appropriate, by developing national qualifications frameworks in accordance with national legislation and practice;

- Recommendation 3: Member States should adopt measures, as appropriate, so that, by 2012, (rather than 2011 as the Commission had proposed) all new qualification certificates, diplomas and “Europass” documents issued by the competent authorities contain a clear reference, by way of national qualifications systems, to the appropriate European Qualifications Framework level;

- Recommendations 4: Member States should use an approach based on learning outcomes when defining and describing qualifications, and promote the validation of non-formal and informal learning in accordance with the common European principles agreed in the Council conclusions of 28 May 2004, paying particular attention to those citizens most likely to be subject to unemployment or insecure forms of employment, for whom such an approach could help increase participation in lifelong learning and access to the labour market;

- Recommendation 5: Member States should promote and apply the principles of quality assurance in education and training set out in Annex III when relating higher education and vocational education and training qualifications within national qualifications systems to the European Qualifications Framework;

- Recommendation 6: Member States should designate ▌national coordination points, linked to the particular structures and requirements of the Member States, to support and, in conjunction with other relevant national authorities, to guide the relationship between the national qualifications system and the European Qualifications Framework, in order to promote the quality and transparency of that relationship.

Parliament substituted “national coordination points” are to be substituted for “national centres”.

The list of the Commission’s Intentions was also amended:

- Parliament stressed the exchange of good practice and testing - inter alia through voluntary peer review and pilot projects under Community programmes, launching information and consultation exercises with social dialogue committees - and developing support and guidance material;

- the Commission should establish, within one year of the adoption of the Recommendation, a European Qualifications Framework advisory group (composed of representatives of Member States and involving the European social partners) responsible for providing overall coherence and promoting transparency of the process of relating qualifications systems to the European Qualifications Framework;

- it should assess and evaluate, in cooperation with the Member States and after consulting the stakeholders concerned, the action taken in response to this Recommendation, including the remit and duration of the advisory group, and report, five years after its adoption, to the European Parliament and the Council on the experience gained and implications for the future, including, if necessary, the possible review and revision of the Recommendation;

- a new Intention 4 states that the Commission should promote close links between the European Qualifications Framework and existing or future European systems for credit transfer and accumulation in higher education and vocational education and training, in order to improve citizens' mobility and facilitate the recognition of learning outcomes

Lastly, some amendments are made to the Annexes. A list of definitions was inserted as Annex I.

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2007/10/23
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2007/06/19
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
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2007/06/19
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading
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2007/06/07
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading
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The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted by a large majority the report drafted by Mario MANTOVANI (EPP-ED, IT) and made several amendments to the Commission’s proposal, with particular reference to the Recommendations to Member States. The principal ones are as follows:

- Recommendation 1 : Member States should use the European Qualifications Framework as a reference tool to compare the qualification levels of the different qualifications systems within a lifelong learning perspective while respecting and integrating the rich diversity and special strengths of the European Union's constituent territories, as well as the diversity of national education systems and the way in which they interact with national labour markets, in particular from a cultural, economic, democratic, social and individual perspective, and while fostering a knowledge-based European economy and the greatest possible integration through the European employment market, without discrimination or exclusion;

- Recommendation 2 : Member States should relate their national qualifications system to the European Qualifications Framework by 2010, (rather than 2011 as proposed by the Commission);

- a new Recommendation 2a states that Member States should commit to and act upon proposals

concerning the qualifications addressed in lifelong learning programmes at national, regional and local levels in order to ensure the success of the European Qualifications Framework;

- Recommendation 3 : Member States should adopt measures so that by 2012 (rather than 2011 as the commission had proposed) all new qualification certificates, diplomas and “Europass” documents issued by the competent authorities contain a clear reference – via national qualifications systems – to the appropriate European Qualifications Framework level.

The Committee adopted new Recommendations 4(a) to (e):

- Recommendation 4(a): promote and apply the principles for quality assurance in education and training set out in Annex II when relating higher education and vocational education and training qualifications within national qualifications systems to the European Qualifications Framework;

- Recommendation 4(b): pay particular attention to validating informal learning acquired by those categories of workers most likely to be subject to unemployment or insecure forms of employment, in order to make it easier for them to change jobs and ensure they are not excluded from the employment

market;

- Recommendation 4(c): raise the standard of their lifelong learning programmes by promoting innovative teaching methods and learning programmes;

- Recommendation 4(d): enhance and promote a system for providing European citizens with permanent, full and widely circulated information about all the results of transnational pilot projects on the basis of procedures designed to take advantage of experience gained and spread good practice.

- Recommendation 4(e): recognise the growing importance of online services, the flexibility they offer and the freedom they allow users to determine their own learning path whilst prioritising the establishment of good information channels that enable citizens to acquire information on the existence and quality of such services.

The Committee stated that “national coordination points” are to be substituted for “national centres”.

The list of the Commission’s Intentions was also amended:

- the Commission should establish, within one year of the date on which the Recommendation is approved, a European Qualifications Framework advisory group. The remit and duration of the group should be reviewed by Member States on an agreed date;

- it should assess and evaluate, in cooperation with the Member States and after having

consulted the stakeholders concerned, the action taken in response to the Recommendation, gather age- and gender-disaggregated data and report, five years after its adoption on the experience gained and implications for the future, including, if necessary, a possible review and revision of the Recommendation;

- a new Intention 3 states that the Commission should promote, on the basis of the Common European Principles for the identification and validation of non-formal and informal learning, the development and implementation of a European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) which is intended to facilitate the transfer, the accumulation and the recognition of learning outcomes, irrespective of where or how they have been acquired;

- a new Intention 3b states that the Commission should ensure that the European Qualifications Framework is flexible in order that it can be used in combination with existing sectoral initiatives for the development of professional qualifications and to encourage Member States to further national priorities and strategic convergence with each other.

Lastly, some amendments are made to the Annexes.

2007/05/30
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2007/05/08
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2007/05/08
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2007/04/12
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2007/04/03
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2007/02/22
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2007/02/13
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2007/01/18
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2007/01/17
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2006/12/18
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2006/11/23
   EP - DEL CASTILLO VERA Pilar (PPE-DE) appointed as rapporteur in ITRE
2006/11/13
   CSL - Debate in Council
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2006/11/13
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2006/10/26
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2006/10/12
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading
2006/09/05
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2006/09/05
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2006/09/05
   EC - Legislative proposal published
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PURPOSE: to establish a “European Qualifications Framework” for lifelong learning.

PROPOSED ACT: Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

CONTENT: the need for a continuous renewal of skills and knowledge is crucial for the EU to remain competitive. Lifelong learning is, however, complicated by a lack of co-operation between education and training providers. This lack of communication between the various educational authorities makes it hard to move within the European labour market. It also makes it difficult for those working in the EU to pursue genuine lifelong learning. Yet, lifelong learning is essential to transforming Europe into the most competitive and knowledge based society by the year 2010.

The purpose of this Recommendation is the establishment of a “European Qualifications Framework” (EQF). Its primary objective is to act as a neutral reference point for comparing qualifications across different education and training systems. It will act as a tool to strengthen co-operation and mutual trust between the various educational authorities. Ultimately, it will facilitate translation between, and comparison of, qualifications awarded by national authorities.

Concretely speaking, “transparency of qualifications” can be defined as: the degree to which the value of qualifications can be identified and compared on the labour market, in education and training and in a wider social setting. The EQF will allow individuals to judge the relative value of qualifications; allow them to pursue lifelong learning; facilitate employers’ ability to judge the profile and relevance of qualifications and allow education and training providers to compare the content of their own offers to those of other providers. As such it can help act as a quality assurance for both education and training.

There are eight proposed reference levels. These cover the entire span of qualifications from those achieved at the end of compulsory education and training to those awarded at the highest level of academic, professional and vocational education and training. The proposed levels, listed in Annex, are as follows:

- Level 1: basic general knowledge; basic skills for completing simple tasks.

- Level 2: basic factual knowledge of a field of work or study; basic cognitive and practical skills required to use relevant information to solve tasks and routine problems.

- Level 3: knowledge of facts, principles, processes and general concepts; a range of cognitive and practical skills to accomplish tasks and solve problems by selecting and applying basic methods, tools, material and information.

- Level 4: factual and theoretical knowledge in broad contexts within a field of work or study; a range of cognitive and practical skills needed to generate solutions to specific problems in a field of work or study.

- Level 5: comprehensive, specialised, factual and theoretical knowledge within a field of work or study and an awareness of the boundaries of that knowledge; a comprehensive range of cognitive and practical skills needed to develop creative solutions to abstract problems.

- Level 6: advanced knowledge, involving a critical understanding of theories and principles; advanced skills, demonstrating mastery and innovations, required to solve complex and unpredictable problems in a specialised field of work or study.

- Level 7: highly specialised knowledge, being at the forefront of knowledge in a field of work or study; critical awareness of knowledge; specialised problem-solving skills needed in research and/or innovation and ability to integrate knowledge from different fields.

- Level 8: knowledge at the most advance frontier; the most advanced and specialised skills and techniques; knowledge of techniques to solve critical problems in research and innovation – ability to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice.

The Recommendation also states that Member States should use the EQF as a reference tool to compare qualification levels used in different qualifications systems, relate their qualifications systems to the EQF by linking qualifications levels to the corresponding EQF levels and, where appropriate, develop a national qualifications framework. Any new qualifications and “Europass” documents should contain a clear reference to the appropriate EQF level. However, in situations covered by Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications (for a summary of the Directive see COD/2002/0061), the reference levels will not apply.

In other provisions, the Recommendation suggests that Member States use a learning outcomes based approach to defining qualifications. Learner-outcome meaning what a learner knows, understands and is able to do on completion of a learning process. It is also recommended that Member States designate a national EQF centre to support and co-ordinate the relationship between the national qualifications system and the EQF; to establish an EQF advisory group ensuring overall coherence and to monitor the implementation of the EQF.

Decisions on whether or not to use the EQF must be based on a commitment to quality assurance. Introducing systems for quality assurance at all relevant levels of education and training – and in relation to the co-operation process itself, is crucial to developing mutual trust. The implementation of the EQF must therefore take account of the European Parliament and Council Recommendation on further European co-operation in quality assurance in higher education .

On a final point, the proposal recommends that national qualifications systems be related to the EQF by 2009 and that new qualifications and Europass documents contain a reference to the EQF level by 2011.

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  • date: 2007-06-19T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2007-0245&language=EN title: A6-0245/2007 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2007-11-21T00:00:00 docs: url: /oeil/spdoc.do?i=13757&j=0&l=en title: SP(2007)6028 type: Commission response to text adopted in plenary
  • date: 2008-04-23T00:00:00 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=[%n4]%2F08&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 03662/2007/LEX type: Draft final act body: CSL
  • date: 2013-12-19T00:00:00 docs: url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2013&nu_doc=0897 title: EUR-Lex title: COM(2013)0897 summary: The Commission presents an evaluation of the European Qualification Framework (EQF) for Lifelong Learning. Purpose of the report : the report presents the EQF experience so far and discusses possible implications for the future. It looks at whether the recommendation in its current form can cope with new challenges caused by rapid socio-economic and technological changes, and if it fosters flexible learning. Challenges include the increasing number of qualifications offered by private providers, more international qualifications, and the recent emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which have the potential to reach many students. This evaluation, together with the Europass and the EQAVET evaluations and the progress report on quality assurance in higher education , will help identify challenges for and possible improvements to the European Area of Skills and Qualifications. What is the EQF? The European Qualifications Framework promotes lifelong learning and improves learner and worker mobility, employability and social integration by creating a European reference framework for qualifications systems. The EQF makes it easier to compare and recognise the qualifications of millions of graduates looking for further learning opportunities or entering the labour market across Europe each year. The EQF introduced eight European reference levels defined in terms of learning outcomes and able to capture all types and levels of qualifications. It is stimulating national governments to make recognising qualifications easier and more transparent: 36 countries voluntarily participate in the EQF (28 EU Member States, five candidate countries, and Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). Main conclusions : findings confirm that the EQF is widely accepted as a reference point for: developing qualifications frameworks, implementing the learning outcomes approach, and enhancing the transparency and recognition of skills and competences. It could be central within a future European Area of Skills and Qualifications . However, implementation delays have created a sense of urgency. The EU should make it possible for learners and workers to make their skills more visible no matter where they acquired them. It must make the EQF fully operational as soon as possible. Based on the evaluation results, the Commission suggests considering a series of measures to enhance the relevance, effectiveness and impact of the EQF: Accelerate EQF referencing and developing national qualifications frameworks : all countries should develop strong NQFs that are understood and used by stakeholders. Strengthen the role and impact of qualifications frameworks based on learning outcomes at national and European levels: governments should commit to using the learning outcomes approach in all education and training sub-systems. Enhance transparent and coherent EQF referencing, taking into account the changing nature of qualifications systems. Strengthen the link between European quality assurance and qualifications frameworks. Improve communication on the EQF, to better reach out to learners, workers and other stakeholders and inform them about the EQF’s benefits: countries should set up national qualification databases/ registers and connect these to the EQF portal which should be linked with the European portal on learning opportunities (Ploteus) and ESCO. Make better use of the EQF in policies and tools for mobility and lifelong learning, such as credit transfer and recognition. type: Follow-up document body: EC
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  • date: 2006-09-05T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/registre/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2006/0479/COM_COM(2006)0479_EN.pdf title: COM(2006)0479 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2006&nu_doc=0479 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to establish a “European Qualifications Framework” for lifelong learning. PROPOSED ACT: Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council. CONTENT: the need for a continuous renewal of skills and knowledge is crucial for the EU to remain competitive. Lifelong learning is, however, complicated by a lack of co-operation between education and training providers. This lack of communication between the various educational authorities makes it hard to move within the European labour market. It also makes it difficult for those working in the EU to pursue genuine lifelong learning. Yet, lifelong learning is essential to transforming Europe into the most competitive and knowledge based society by the year 2010. The purpose of this Recommendation is the establishment of a “European Qualifications Framework” (EQF). Its primary objective is to act as a neutral reference point for comparing qualifications across different education and training systems. It will act as a tool to strengthen co-operation and mutual trust between the various educational authorities. Ultimately, it will facilitate translation between, and comparison of, qualifications awarded by national authorities. Concretely speaking, “transparency of qualifications” can be defined as: the degree to which the value of qualifications can be identified and compared on the labour market, in education and training and in a wider social setting. The EQF will allow individuals to judge the relative value of qualifications; allow them to pursue lifelong learning; facilitate employers’ ability to judge the profile and relevance of qualifications and allow education and training providers to compare the content of their own offers to those of other providers. As such it can help act as a quality assurance for both education and training. There are eight proposed reference levels. These cover the entire span of qualifications from those achieved at the end of compulsory education and training to those awarded at the highest level of academic, professional and vocational education and training. The proposed levels, listed in Annex, are as follows: - Level 1: basic general knowledge; basic skills for completing simple tasks. - Level 2: basic factual knowledge of a field of work or study; basic cognitive and practical skills required to use relevant information to solve tasks and routine problems. - Level 3: knowledge of facts, principles, processes and general concepts; a range of cognitive and practical skills to accomplish tasks and solve problems by selecting and applying basic methods, tools, material and information. - Level 4: factual and theoretical knowledge in broad contexts within a field of work or study; a range of cognitive and practical skills needed to generate solutions to specific problems in a field of work or study. - Level 5: comprehensive, specialised, factual and theoretical knowledge within a field of work or study and an awareness of the boundaries of that knowledge; a comprehensive range of cognitive and practical skills needed to develop creative solutions to abstract problems. - Level 6: advanced knowledge, involving a critical understanding of theories and principles; advanced skills, demonstrating mastery and innovations, required to solve complex and unpredictable problems in a specialised field of work or study. - Level 7: highly specialised knowledge, being at the forefront of knowledge in a field of work or study; critical awareness of knowledge; specialised problem-solving skills needed in research and/or innovation and ability to integrate knowledge from different fields. - Level 8: knowledge at the most advance frontier; the most advanced and specialised skills and techniques; knowledge of techniques to solve critical problems in research and innovation – ability to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice. The Recommendation also states that Member States should use the EQF as a reference tool to compare qualification levels used in different qualifications systems, relate their qualifications systems to the EQF by linking qualifications levels to the corresponding EQF levels and, where appropriate, develop a national qualifications framework. Any new qualifications and “Europass” documents should contain a clear reference to the appropriate EQF level. However, in situations covered by Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications (for a summary of the Directive see COD/2002/0061), the reference levels will not apply. In other provisions, the Recommendation suggests that Member States use a learning outcomes based approach to defining qualifications. Learner-outcome meaning what a learner knows, understands and is able to do on completion of a learning process. It is also recommended that Member States designate a national EQF centre to support and co-ordinate the relationship between the national qualifications system and the EQF; to establish an EQF advisory group ensuring overall coherence and to monitor the implementation of the EQF. Decisions on whether or not to use the EQF must be based on a commitment to quality assurance. Introducing systems for quality assurance at all relevant levels of education and training – and in relation to the co-operation process itself, is crucial to developing mutual trust. The implementation of the EQF must therefore take account of the European Parliament and Council Recommendation on further European co-operation in quality assurance in higher education . On a final point, the proposal recommends that national qualifications systems be related to the EQF by 2009 and that new qualifications and Europass documents contain a reference to the EQF level by 2011.
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  • date: 2007-01-18T00:00:00 type: Referral to associated committees announced in Parliament body: EP
  • date: 2007-06-07T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP summary: The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted by a large majority the report drafted by Mario MANTOVANI (EPP-ED, IT) and made several amendments to the Commission’s proposal, with particular reference to the Recommendations to Member States. The principal ones are as follows: - Recommendation 1 : Member States should use the European Qualifications Framework as a reference tool to compare the qualification levels of the different qualifications systems within a lifelong learning perspective while respecting and integrating the rich diversity and special strengths of the European Union's constituent territories, as well as the diversity of national education systems and the way in which they interact with national labour markets, in particular from a cultural, economic, democratic, social and individual perspective, and while fostering a knowledge-based European economy and the greatest possible integration through the European employment market, without discrimination or exclusion; - Recommendation 2 : Member States should relate their national qualifications system to the European Qualifications Framework by 2010, (rather than 2011 as proposed by the Commission); - a new Recommendation 2a states that Member States should commit to and act upon proposals concerning the qualifications addressed in lifelong learning programmes at national, regional and local levels in order to ensure the success of the European Qualifications Framework; - Recommendation 3 : Member States should adopt measures so that by 2012 (rather than 2011 as the commission had proposed) all new qualification certificates, diplomas and “Europass” documents issued by the competent authorities contain a clear reference – via national qualifications systems – to the appropriate European Qualifications Framework level. The Committee adopted new Recommendations 4(a) to (e): - Recommendation 4(a): promote and apply the principles for quality assurance in education and training set out in Annex II when relating higher education and vocational education and training qualifications within national qualifications systems to the European Qualifications Framework; - Recommendation 4(b): pay particular attention to validating informal learning acquired by those categories of workers most likely to be subject to unemployment or insecure forms of employment, in order to make it easier for them to change jobs and ensure they are not excluded from the employment market; - Recommendation 4(c): raise the standard of their lifelong learning programmes by promoting innovative teaching methods and learning programmes; - Recommendation 4(d): enhance and promote a system for providing European citizens with permanent, full and widely circulated information about all the results of transnational pilot projects on the basis of procedures designed to take advantage of experience gained and spread good practice. - Recommendation 4(e): recognise the growing importance of online services, the flexibility they offer and the freedom they allow users to determine their own learning path whilst prioritising the establishment of good information channels that enable citizens to acquire information on the existence and quality of such services. The Committee stated that “national coordination points” are to be substituted for “national centres”. The list of the Commission’s Intentions was also amended: - the Commission should establish, within one year of the date on which the Recommendation is approved, a European Qualifications Framework advisory group. The remit and duration of the group should be reviewed by Member States on an agreed date; - it should assess and evaluate, in cooperation with the Member States and after having consulted the stakeholders concerned, the action taken in response to the Recommendation, gather age- and gender-disaggregated data and report, five years after its adoption on the experience gained and implications for the future, including, if necessary, a possible review and revision of the Recommendation; - a new Intention 3 states that the Commission should promote, on the basis of the Common European Principles for the identification and validation of non-formal and informal learning, the development and implementation of a European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) which is intended to facilitate the transfer, the accumulation and the recognition of learning outcomes, irrespective of where or how they have been acquired; - a new Intention 3b states that the Commission should ensure that the European Qualifications Framework is flexible in order that it can be used in combination with existing sectoral initiatives for the development of professional qualifications and to encourage Member States to further national priorities and strategic convergence with each other. Lastly, some amendments are made to the Annexes.
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  • date: 2007-10-23T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20071023&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2007-10-24T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=13757&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2007-10-24T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2007-0463 title: T6-0463/2007 summary: The European Parliament adopted a resolution drafted by Mario MANTOVANI (EPP-ED, IT) and made several amendments to the Commission’s proposal. The principal ones are as follows: - Recommendation 1: Member States should use the European Qualifications Framework as a reference tool to compare the qualification levels of the different qualifications systems and to promote both lifelong learning and equal opportunities in the knowledge-based society, as well as the further integration of the European labour market, while respecting the rich diversity of national education systems; - Recommendation 2: Member States should relate their national qualifications system to the European Qualifications Framework by 2010, (rather than 2011 as proposed by the Commission) in particular by referencing in a transparent manner their qualification levels to the levels set out in Annex II, and, where considered appropriate, by developing national qualifications frameworks in accordance with national legislation and practice; - Recommendation 3: Member States should adopt measures, as appropriate, so that, by 2012, (rather than 2011 as the Commission had proposed) all new qualification certificates, diplomas and “Europass” documents issued by the competent authorities contain a clear reference, by way of national qualifications systems, to the appropriate European Qualifications Framework level; - Recommendations 4: Member States should use an approach based on learning outcomes when defining and describing qualifications, and promote the validation of non-formal and informal learning in accordance with the common European principles agreed in the Council conclusions of 28 May 2004, paying particular attention to those citizens most likely to be subject to unemployment or insecure forms of employment, for whom such an approach could help increase participation in lifelong learning and access to the labour market; - Recommendation 5: Member States should promote and apply the principles of quality assurance in education and training set out in Annex III when relating higher education and vocational education and training qualifications within national qualifications systems to the European Qualifications Framework; - Recommendation 6: Member States should designate ▌national coordination points, linked to the particular structures and requirements of the Member States, to support and, in conjunction with other relevant national authorities, to guide the relationship between the national qualifications system and the European Qualifications Framework, in order to promote the quality and transparency of that relationship. Parliament substituted “national coordination points” are to be substituted for “national centres”. The list of the Commission’s Intentions was also amended: - Parliament stressed the exchange of good practice and testing - inter alia through voluntary peer review and pilot projects under Community programmes, launching information and consultation exercises with social dialogue committees - and developing support and guidance material; - the Commission should establish, within one year of the adoption of the Recommendation, a European Qualifications Framework advisory group (composed of representatives of Member States and involving the European social partners) responsible for providing overall coherence and promoting transparency of the process of relating qualifications systems to the European Qualifications Framework; - it should assess and evaluate, in cooperation with the Member States and after consulting the stakeholders concerned, the action taken in response to this Recommendation, including the remit and duration of the advisory group, and report, five years after its adoption, to the European Parliament and the Council on the experience gained and implications for the future, including, if necessary, the possible review and revision of the Recommendation; - a new Intention 4 states that the Commission should promote close links between the European Qualifications Framework and existing or future European systems for credit transfer and accumulation in higher education and vocational education and training, in order to improve citizens' mobility and facilitate the recognition of learning outcomes Lastly, some amendments are made to the Annexes. A list of definitions was inserted as Annex I.
  • date: 2008-02-14T00:00:00 type: Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading body: EP/CSL
  • date: 2008-04-23T00:00:00 type: Final act signed body: CSL
  • date: 2008-04-23T00:00:00 type: End of procedure in Parliament body: EP
  • date: 2008-05-06T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: ACT: Council Recommendation on the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning and repealing the recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 on the establishment of the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning. BACKGROUND: the Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 establishing the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (see the summary of the final act dated 23.4.2008) created a common frame of reference that includes 8 reference levels expressed as learning outcomes with increasing levels of proficiency. These levels serve as a translation device between different national systems and levels of certification . The European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF) aims to improve the transparency, comparability and transferability of qualifications awarded. This Recommendation aims, in general, to contribute to the modernisation of education and training systems and to the improvement of employability, mobility and social integration of workers and learners . It also aims at better linking formal, non-formal and informal learning and supporting the validation of learning outcomes acquired in different settings. Review the framework proposed in 2008: the Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 laid down common principles governing quality assurance in higher education and vocational education and training. These principles respected the principle of subsidiarity. However, an implementation report of the 2013 EQF indicated that further development of the EQF should take place in order to enhance the transparency and comparability of qualifications. The new framework therefore aims to make the certifications clearer and easier to compare. · The issue of recognition of migrants' skills: while the Union's acquis on legal immigration and asylum provides for equal treatment with EU nationals, higher levels of overqualification and underemployment persist among third-country nationals with higher education. Cooperation between the Union and third countries on the transparency of qualifications can therefore contribute to the integration of migrants into the Union's labour markets; · Subsidiarity and importance of the adopted terms of reference: this recommendation (2017) does not replace or define any national framework or system of certification . It seeks to strengthen the EQF as a common frame of reference comprising 8 levels expressed as learning outcomes and serving as a translation mechanism between the different frameworks or certification systems and their levels . In view of its non-binding nature, the Recommendation is in line with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality in that it supports and complements the action of the Member States by facilitating cooperation between them in order to improve the transparency, comparability and portability of certifications awarded. CONTENT: the Recommendation proposes a series of actions to be carried out at different levels which can be summarised as follows: - as regards the Member States , it recommends: · using the EQF to reference national certification frameworks or systems and comparing all types and levels of certification in the Union that are part of national qualifications frameworks or systems, in particular by referencing their qualification levels to levels of the EQF set out in Annex II and by using the criteria set out in Annex III ; · reviewing and updating, using the criteria set out in Annex III, the referencing of the levels of the national certification frameworks or systems to the levels of the EQF set out in Annex II; · ensuring that qualifications with an EQF level are in accordance with the common principles for quality assurance set out in Annex IV; · promoting linkages between credit systems and national certification frameworks or systems and linking them to national certification frameworks or systems. These common principles will not lead to an automatic recognition of qualifications; · taking steps to ensure that all new certification documents issued by the competent authorities (certificates, diplomas, certificate or diploma supplements) and/or registers of qualifications contain a clear reference to the appropriate EQF level; · improve transparency on the EQF criteria and encourage social partners, public employment services, education providers (...) to use the EQF to support the comparison of qualifications and the transparency of learning outcomes. - as regards the Commission in cooperation with the Member States and stakeholders within the EQF advisory group , it recommends: · supporting the consistent application of the EQF in all Member States; · supporting the development, on a voluntary basis, of procedures for the levelling of international qualifications ; · exploring the possibilities of defining and applying criteria and procedures that allow for the comparison , in accordance with international agreements, of national and regional qualifications frameworks of third countries with the EQF . - as regards the Commission , it recommends: · ensuring that the implementation of the Recommendation is supported by actions financed under relevant Union programmes; · ensuring effective implementation of the EQF by maintaining and fully supporting the EQF Advisory Group established in 2009; · reviewing and evaluating the measures taken in the light of this recommendation and reporting to the Council, by 2022, on the experience gained and lessons to be learned for the future, including the review and revision of this recommendation. Annexes: the Recommendation also contains a series of annexes containing the following elements: · Annex I: definitions relevant to the qualifications framework; · Annex II: Descriptors defining the required levels of the EQF with a specific level of knowledge, skills and competences acquired for each reference level described in terms of the learner's "responsibility and autonomy" criteria; · Annex III: Criteria and procedures for matching national certification frameworks or systems with the EQF; · Annex IV: Principles for quality assurance of qualifications in national qualifications frameworks or systems and mapped to the EQF; · Annex V: Principles governing credit system systems linked to national qualifications frameworks or systems, mapped to the EQF; · Annex VI: elements necessary for the electronic publication of information on the certifications corresponding to each level of the EQF. Repeal: the recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 is hereby repealed. docs: title: EP/Council Recommendation 2008/506 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&model=guicheti&numdoc=32008H0506(01) title: OJ C 111 06.05.2008, p. 0001 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:C:2008:111:TOC title: Corrigendum to final act 32017H0615(01) url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&model=guicheti&numdoc=32017H0615(01) title: OJ C 189 15.06.2017, p. 0015 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:C:2017:189:TOC
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  • date: 2006-10-12T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: False committee: CULT date: 2006-12-18T00:00:00 committee_full: Culture and Education (Associated committee) rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: GAĽA Milan body: EP responsible: True committee: EMPL date: 2006-10-26T00:00:00 committee_full: Employment and Social Affairs (Associated committee) rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: MANTOVANI Mario body: EP responsible: False committee: FEMM date: 2007-01-17T00:00:00 committee_full: Women's Rights and Gender Equality rapporteur: group: PSE name: PRETS Christa body: EP responsible: False committee: ITRE date: 2006-11-23T00:00:00 committee_full: Industry, Research and Energy rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: DEL CASTILLO VERA Pilar
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  • date: 2007-01-18T00:00:00 body: EP type: Referral to associated committees announced in Parliament
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