VET meeting 5.12.2006 Photo: Ministry of EducationCopenhagen process on enhanced European cooperation in vocational education and training (VET) has a ministerial follow-up meeting every second year. After Copenhagen 2002 and Maastricht 2004, Helsinki hosted the third ministerial meeting in December 2006.

The meeting adopted the Helsinki Communiqué on future strategies and priorities for the European cooperation in VET. The Communiqué was based on Council Conclusions approved in the November Education Council.

These web pages contain all key information on the ministerial meeting: its background, preparations, the meeting itself and its outcomes. Furthermore, all presentations of the ministerial meeting are available as a webcast on this website. 


The Helsinki Communiqué outlines the new priority areas for European co-operation on vocational education and training

Minister Kalliomäki. Photo:Lehtilkuva- Press release 5-12-2006 -

The ministers in charge of vocational education and training (VET) from 32 countries and European social partners chaired by Mr Antti Kalliomäki, Finland’s Minister for Education and Science, convened in Helsinki on Tuesday. The meeting adopted the Helsinki Communiqué, which sums up the challenges facing VET and outlines the priorities for the 'Copenhagen Process' on European cooperation in VET. aiming at improving the overall performance, quality and attractiveness of VET in Europe.   Read more >

EU awarded developers of vocational education and training

Leonardo awards Photo: Ministry of Education- Press release 4-12-2006 -

The European Commission has awarded ten vocational education and training projects that have successfully promoted the European goals at grassroots level. The projects awarded included e.g. developing a credit transfer system for vocational education and training (VET), and producing support materials for enterprises for on-the-job learning abroad. The Minister of Education and Science Antti Kalliomäki and Commissioner Ján Figel’ presented the awards on 4 December in Helsinki, at the meeting of the European ministers responsible for VET taking place in Helsinki. Read more >

Ministers from EU Member States to enhance cooperation in vocational education

- Press release 22-11-2006 -

The ministers in charge of vocational education and training in the European Union will convene in Kalastajatorppa in Helsinki on 4–5 December for an informal ministerial meeting led by Mr Antti Kalliomäki, Finland’s Minister of Education and Science.

The meeting will discuss the position of vocational education and training in Europe and adopt objectives for the next two-year period of European cooperation in the field of vocational education and training. The cooperation in this field is pursued within the Copenhagen Process, the counterpart of the Bologna Process in higher education.

In addition to the ministers from the EU Member States, ministers from applicant countries and EEA countries will also participate in the meeting, together with representatives of the social partners and the European Commission. Read More >