On the 23 May 2017, the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council of the European Union adopted the revision of the Recommendation on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) for lifelong learning. Its aim is to improve the transparency, comparability and portability of people's qualifications in Europe, by establishing a common reference framework for national qualifications systems. The wider objectives of the recommendation are to contribute to modernising education and training systems and to increase the employability, mobility and social integration of workers and learners.
Speaking after the adoption of the revised Recommendation Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility said "The EQF is a success story. In the almost ten years since it was established, it has helped to make qualifications more transparent - and therefore more comparable - across Europe"
Welcoming the revision of the EQF Recommendation, Dr. Padraig Walsh, Chief Executive of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), said that “Ireland has played a leading role in the development of qualifications policy at EU level and the revised EQF Recommendation represents an important political commitment to strengthening the transparency and quality of national and European qualifications systems. Qualification systems are dynamic and qualifications reforms such as the EQF must be responsive to emerging trends, opportunities and challenges. The main beneficiaries of a strengthened EQF will be citizens of Europe as they pursue further study or employment opportunities at home and abroad. Ireland’s continued participation in the EQF will also support and enhance the international reputation and recognition of Irish qualifications”
QQI is the designated EQF – National Coordination Point for Ireland. Further information on the European Qualifications Framework can be found here.