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European Parliament: ETF presents its plans for 2012

Year/Date: 25/01/2012

ETF's Madlen Serban (middle) and Pervenche Beres (left), the reelected chair of European Parliament Employment Committee

Madlen Serban, director of the ETF, presented the agency’s 2012 work programme at the meeting of the Committee of Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament.

As in the past years, the ETF will work together with partner countries to reinvigorate skills development and boost their responsiveness to labour markets, promote social inclusion, territorial cohesion and make globalisation serve the needs of citizens.

In 2012, the ETF’s main objectives will be:

  • Improved partner countries’ capacities in planning, designing, implementing, evaluating and reviewing policies in vocational education and training;
  • Better links, where relevant, between EU internal and external relations policies.

Ms Serban stressed the importance the ETF attaches to the evidence in policy making in 30 counties the ETF is working in. 'We are looking for public policymaking that is based on good governance.'

In the Enlargement region, the ETF will launch a new regional initiative on social inclusion and youth employability. At the country-level, two key areas will be addressed throughout the period: qualification frameworks and VET system assessments that will help in policymaking and the programming of future EU interventions. The ETF will be involved in the implementation of the Danube Strategy.

In the Eastern Neighbourhood the activities will cover skills for sustainable development, continuing training systems and validation of prior learning.

In the Southern Neighbourhood the focus will be on qualification systems, employability, entrepreneurial learning and social partnership.

In both regions, the issues of skills in the context of EU mobility partnerships and migration will be specifically addressed.

The ETF will run projects on human capital contribution to regional development. The initiative will tackle governance models with a special emphasis on skills development for SMEs and increased matching of supply and demand. .

In Central Asia, the ETF will continue its regional school development project. In addition, the topic of matching skills with employment, and the transition from school to work will be addressed.

In all regions, the Torino Process is crucial to strengthening capacities for using evidence to inform policymaking. In response to a renewed interest in territorial cohesion, the ETF will also focus on the contribution of skills development to regional development.

The Parliament’s committee gave also the ETF, and other EU decentralised agencies working in the field of employment, education and training, its budgetary discharge for the year 2010 and congratulated agencies’ on their work.

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