Bordeaux Communiqué

Third follow-up of the Copenhagen Process: The Bordeaux Communiqué

The Bordeaux Communiqué was adopted in November 2008 by the European Ministers of vocational education and training, the European Social Partners and the Commission. The Communiqué sets the priorities and strategies for the European cooperation in vocational education and training for the next two years:

  • Focus on the implementation of the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) and of the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for Vocational Education and Training.
  • Strength the links between VET and the labour market by better matching programmes offered in initial and continuing VET and the demand for employees and qualifications
  • Focus on quality assurance as the means to modernisa of VET systems and enhance mutual and transnational trust. Regarding the issue of quality in VET, in the future the support and enlargement of teacher and trainer competences will be focussed upon. Above all, tailor-made education and continuing education offers should be developed. In parallel, the attractiveness of these professions should be enhanced. All quality assurance measures should contribute to modernising VET systems and enhance

Further information:

Press release: Commission welcomes Bordeaux Communiqué as major step in European cooperation on vocational education and training, Brussels, 26 November 2008 (95 kb)

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