In Lisbon in March 2000, the European Council set the target of making the European Union the “most competitive and most dynamic knowledge-based economic area of the world – capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion” by 2010. To achieve this ambitious goal, Heads of State and Government proposed a programme for the transformation of the European economy and the modernisation of social welfare and education systems.
The development of high quality vocational education and training is an important driver of the EU”s strategy, notably in relation to:
- the quality and efficiency of human capital
- social inclusion and
- the promotion and support of mobility and employability