Considering that the European Qualifications Framework announced on 5 September is a voluntary exercise, will the Commission outline how this will directly benefit the awarding institutions?
The European Qualifications Framework's (EQF) objective is to improve the transparency of qualifications in order to promote lifelong learning and the geographical and occupational mobility of learners and workers.
The draft proposal recommends that Member States use the EQF as a reference tool to facilitate comparisons between qualifications awarded under different systems. It also recommends that Member States relate their national qualifications systems to the EQF and, where appropriate, develop national qualifications frameworks. Member States are also recommended to ensure that new qualifications and “Europass” documents contain a reference to the appropriate EQF level. These recommendations, if implemented, will promote the transparency and comparability of individual qualifications where no mandatory instruments exist. In accordance with Articles 149 and 150 of the Treaty, binding Community legislation on matters such as the EQF may not be adopted.
The EQF will therefore benefit awarding institutions and authorities by making it easier for them to interpret the variety of qualifications awarded under different education and training systems, as well as making the qualifications which they award more transparent to others. Where Member States adopt or already have National Qualifications Frameworks, this will, of course, make the implementation of the EQF much more effective.