EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS
The National Reference Points for vocational qualifications

In each country (European Union, European Economic Area and soon in candidate countries), a National Reference Point gives access to information on vocational qualifications. All National Reference Points are part of a network. The main functions of a National Reference Point:
- serves as a first point of contact for questions relating to national qualifications, certificates and Certificate Supplements;
- provides access to relevant information or serve as a point of contact with national bodies which hold the information;
- acts as a national partner in the European network of National Reference Points

www.nrpitalia.it [Italy]
www.europass-info.de [Germany]
www.europass-ro.ro [Romania]

National Europass Centres
The National Europass Centres were set up following the approval of Decision 2241/2004/EC of the European Parliament and the Council, establishing a single EU framework for the transparency of qualifications and competences. They are part of an European network of National Europass Centres coordinated by the DG for Education and Culture of the European Commission, with the support of CEDEFOP.
www.isfol.it/europass [Italy]
www.europass-info.de/[Germany]
www.europass.frse.org.pl[Poland]
www.europass-ro.ro[Romania]

USEFUL WEBSITES

Free Movement of Professionals in the EU - http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/qualifications/index_en.htm
Do you want to practise your profession or provide services in another EU country? Do you need to declare your professional qualifications or have them recognised? The site gives detailed explanations of EU legislation covering:
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temporary mobility (temporary provision of services)
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automatic recognition of professional qualifications
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recognition of professional experience in certain activities
- the “
general system

ECVET Magazine - http://www.ecvet-projects.eu/bulletins/Default.aspx
Since 2010, the ECVET Bulletin and the ECVET Magazine has been merged into a single publication: the ECVET Magazine. It is published five times per year and its objectives are threefold:
- to inform about activities and initiatives to test and implement ECVET, these can be taken by the European Commission and its agencies, by Member States or by stakeholders in form of projects;
- to disseminate information about the of the ECVET pilot projects funded through the centralised actions of the Lifelong Learning Programme; and
- to announce the activities of the ECVET Network

The NetECVET Project - http://netecvet.com/about-us/
Behind the NetECVET project is a group of 14 National Agencies for the Lifelong Learning Programme, coordinated by the German National Agency. The aim of this NAs network is to support practitioners of transnational mobility starting to work with ECVET. A toolbox is being developed with the aim of helping mobility projects in applying ECVET (to be finalised in 2013).

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