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The text of the Recommendation as adopted by the European Parliament and by the Council in 2009 can be found here
ECVET is a voluntary instrument that will be implemented progressively.
Since its adoption in 2009 countries and the Commission are putting important emphasis on testing and further developing this instrument. This involves launching of pilot projects funded through the Lifelong Learning Programme but also through national initiatives. It also comprises development of support tools such as the forthcoming ECVET users’ guide and the possible adaptation of Europass documents.
By 2012 countries are expected to have created the necessary conditions and taken measures for gradual implementation of ECVET to vocational qualifications at all levels of the European Qualifications Framework.
In 2014 (five years after the adoption of the ECVET Recommendation) the Commission will report to the European Parliament and the Council on the results of testing and assessment of actions taken at Member State level. This may result in a review and adaptation of the Technical Specifications on ECVET as described in the Annexes to the Recommendation.