Conference “European social dialogue and EQF”, Paris

EASE and the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) organised a conference named “European social dialogue and the European Qualifications framework” on 25th March 2009 in the premises of the CNOSF in Paris.

<center><span class=s0>Carlo Scatoli, François Ziegler, Marcel Martin et Marie Barsacq</span>
Carlo Scatoli, François Ziegler, Marcel Martin et Marie Barsacq
This conference gave the participants a good overview of the theoretical and practical advancements of European social dialogue through a presentation of François Ziegler from the DG Employment of the European Commission and a speech of Marcel Martin, EASE President.

<center><span class=s0>The audience</span>
The audience
As training is a key issue for European social dialogue, the conference focused on the implementation of the European Qualifications Framework through a presentation of Carlo Scatoli from the DG Education of the European Commission and a presentation of 3 European projects in which French stakeholders took part: EQF-Sport, EQFOA et EQF Network Testing.

Gathering all the national stakeholders involved in the training field (sport federations, French but also Belgian and English social partners, Ministries in charge of sport, Observatoire for sport), this conference raised the participants awareness of the importance of European social dialogue and EQF.

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Official opening
CNOSF, Jean-Paul CLEMENCON – Director of Cabinet


1st presentation

European social dialogue: presentation and key issues -
EASE, Marcel MARTIN – President

2nd presentation

European social dialogue: presentation and key issues -
European Commission – DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities – Unit Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations, François ZIEGLER

These presentations underlined :
- the reinforcement of the role that social partners are going to play in the Community decision-making process,
- the complementarity between national and European social dialogue,
- the importance of social dialogue in the professionalization of the sector.

3rd presentation

The European Qualifications Framework -
European Commission – DG Education and Culture - Unit Lifelong learning: contribution to the Lisbon process, Carlo SCATOLI

The 2 principal aims of the European Qualifications Framework were set out:
- to promote citizens' mobility between countries,
- and to facilitate their lifelong learning.
EQF will act as a translation device to relate different countries' national qualifications systems and frameworks together around a common European reference. It is a voluntary framework, so there are no formal legal obligations on the countries.


The projects on EQF
Input and discussions

1st presentation

EQF-Sport -
European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE), Jean-Louis GOUJU - Member of the Management Board

2nd presentation

SkillsActive, Peter THOMPSON

3rd presentation

EQF Network Testing
"Commission Nationale de la Certification Professionnelle (CNCP)", Anne-Marie CHARRAUD
French Sailing Federation - , Professor Michel DUCLOT

The presentations of the different projects illustrated:
- the necessity to exchange on national practices linked to qualifications between countries and between stakeholders,
- the understanding problems,
- the profitable interactivity between the national and the European level.

CNOSF, Jean-Paul CLEMENCON – Director of Cabinet

This conference stressed the necessity for the stakeholders to be proactive about 2 fundamental initiatives for the sport sector at European level: social dialogue and EQF.
The success of this first information day is also linked to the questions raised by the presentations. The PowerPoint presentations and the technical documents related to the 3 projects should give food for thoughts and lead to new exchanges in the coming months.


- the official invitation -
- the agenda -
- the document presenting the scope of the conference -
- the letter of the Sport Unit, European Commission - DG Education and Culture -

European projects on EQF: documents

- EQF-Sport - Guide to developing a sector qualification strategy -

- EQFOA - Cartographie des emplois du secteur du plein air (référentiel métiers) -
- EQFOA - Industry occupational map for the outdoor sector -

- EQFOA - Descriptif des emplois -
- EQFOA - Industry occupational description -

- EQFOA - Cartographie des fonctions (référentiel d'activités) -
- EQFOA - Industry functional map for the outdoor sector -

- EQFOA - Rapport de rech. sur les caractéristiques de l'emploi et des systèmes de formation -
- EQFOA - Research report on labour market and VET systems -

- EQFOA - Rapport sur la faisabilité du développement d'un processus assurance qualité par agrément et vérification -

- EQF Network Testing - Point d'étape sur le référencement des niveaux de certifications du cadre national français vers le cadre européen -

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