The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) is a platform managed by the European Commission in close cooperation with EU social partners that brings together governments with other key stakeholders, for instance business associations, individual companies, social partners, chambers, vocational education and training (VET) providers, regions, youth representatives or think tanks. The common goal is to strengthen the quality, supply, image and mobility of apprenticeships in Europe.
On 28th -29th September, in Belgrade, the Directorate for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission, in cooperation with the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological development, organized the 6th annual ministerial meeting of the Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training, which was for the first time joined with the Western Balkans Platform on Research and Innovation.
he 2017 Western Balkans Summit took place in Trieste, Italy, on 12th July 2017, where the Heads of Government, Foreign Ministers, Ministers of Economy and Ministers of Transport of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo* and Serbia) together with their counterparts from several EU Member States (Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia) and high-level EU representatives discussed key areas of regional cooperation, and set out concrete measures to better connect the region's infrastructures, economies and people.
The European Training Foundation's (ETF) conference on the Torino Process, Changing Skills for a Changing World, took place in Turin, Italy on 7-8 June.