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In response to the Lisbon challenges, the Portuguese Government has committed itself to innovation and the qualification of people, companies, institutions and territories. This response is set out in the National Action Programme for Growth and Employment 2005-2008 (PNACE 2005-2008), which was drawn up in direct articulation with the Technological Plan; the PNACE 2005-2008 is included in this as its pillar for growth and competitiveness.

The Technological Plan is a qualification programme of the Portuguese society as a whole. It defines a strategy based on three lines of action - knowledge, technology and innovation - complemented by measures of transversal action in institutions and the business environment, in networks and partnerships and in financing systems which favour the creation of value and the change in the competitive profile of the Portuguese economy.

Research activities, according to the ERO Base, are mainly centred on the following themes: equal opportunities; training needs diagnosis; skills development; e-learning/ICT; social integration and learning regions.

The major institutions that coordinate the policies in VET/HRD research are the ministries of Science, Innovation and Higher Education; Education; Labour and Social Solidarity, Economy and Innovation.

The funding of VET/HRD research is mainly provided by public sources and by the ESF.

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