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The European framework of key competences relate to the Lisbon strategy

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Contrary to the objective set in 2000, the Lisbon strategy has not yet succeeded in making Europe “the most competitive and dynamic knowledge economy of the world”, objective which is announced for 2010. Six years after the launching of numerous actions in the fields of education and vocational training, Europe is still faced with a weak participation rate of adults in training and with the inadequacy of the population’s competences with current needs.

Even more worrying is the fact that, in 2006, Europe still has a high percentage of people with reading and writing difficulties.

However, there are positive aspects. Member States have taken joint decisions on a certain number of principles and terms of reference: learning validation, orientation, European framework for quality insurance in vocational training, etc… Other measures are being finalized such as the European Qualification Framework or the Recommendation on key competences. Europe has also decided to look into the very crucial issue of trainer professionalization.

As regards available financial means, the Commission warns that budgets will be but very slightly upgraded and that their allocation will be linked to new requirements (integrated programme, project valorisation, improved experience capitalisation). According to the Commission, many initiatives and partnerships are set up in the field of adult education, but competences are scattered and responsibilities dispersed, which harms their coherence and efficient financing.