The mechanism, European Credits for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is integrated in a global project defined by political stakeholders at the Lisbon and Copenhagen Summits (30/12/2002), especially concerning the Long life learning, qualifications transparency, the development of geographic mobility and the mutual trust.
These political axes have been repeated in a communiqué (Maastricht, 14/12/2004) by the ministers in charge of Vocational Education and Training (VET) from 32 European countries.[*]
[*] The 27 members states of the UE, the 2 candidates's countries and the 3 countries in EFTA/EEA.
The aim of the mechanism is to allow the transfer, the validation and the recognition of learning outcomes gained in another training context. For example, for Initial VET during a European mobility action abroad or for the continuous training in the frame of non formal learning outcomes.
The technical specifications of the mechanism have been created by a technical working group composed by 17 European experts gathered by the European Commission (DGEAC).
In November 2005, a European consultation process has been launched by the European Commission. This consultation aims at collecting opinions on the ECVET mechanism of political stakeholders, social partners, experts and actors of TVET, in 32 countries.
The result of the consultation will be analysed in order to contribute to a Community instrument.
More information about the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) can be found here:
ECVET is at the same time: