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In France, R&D has been marked by the European current events in 2005, which have inscribed education and lifelong learning as the only means to reach the goals of a society of knowledge in 2010. This was especially supported by the participation of Céreq in a European consortium responsible for evaluating the advancement of national policy towards the goals of Lisbon and Copenhagen. 

The Leonardo Da Vinci programme actively supports the lifelong learning policy in France. Numerous innovations and tools issued from this programme (territorial diagnosis of branches or workplaces, tools for multimedia training, etc) contribute to the skills and competences development and to the improvement of the firms’ competitiveness.

In the field of employment discrimination in France, 2005 was marked by the creation on 30/12/2004 of a new institution in France: the Halde (Haute Autorité de Lutte contre les Discriminations et pour l’Egalité/ High Authority of Fight against Discrimination and for Equality). The European impulse preceded the creation of this institutional and legal authority, which echoes the different European directives. The Halde has the jurisdiction to intervene in all fields, including employment, against discrimination, the criteria being based on ethnicity, religion, gender, conviction, disablement, age, health, or sexual orientation. Its missions are the treatment of individual complaints,  observation, study and animation of research. This legal support, along with the tools provided by the projects of the Equal programme, is enriched with European partners’ experiences, which enable the training practitioners to develop information and awareness procedures.

The French government is currently drawing up a national response to the proposal of setting up a European frame of professional certifications. Céreq is composing a national report on the role of national certification systems to promote lifelong learning.

For the general conference of UNESCO in September 2005, Céreq participated in the resolution project (resolution 14) on the role and the validation of the benefits of experience in lifelong learning. 

In 2005, Céreq pursued its activities of supervising projects concerned with the transparency of qualifications, the establishment of credits in VET, and the evaluation of training quality.

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report France (details see Bibliography)
Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO