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On April 12, 2018 the EU member states delivered all 10 actions announced under the Skills Agenda for Europe, launched in June 2016. The last action was the adoption of the European Commission's proposal to revise the Europass framework.

The 2-year EU-funded action SIQAF (Sectoral & International Qualification Framework to the EQF) enters its last term.

Transparency and recognition of all types of skills and qualifications are necessary to enable people in Europe access opportunities of being truly mobile between employment and learning, or within and between countries. Over the past 10 years, the European Commission together with the EU member states has been working on implementing and further developing the European Qualification Framework (EQF).

EuropeActive attended the conference Linking the Learning Journey, organised by the national qualifications framework for Scotland (SCQF) on February 22, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. The event was attended by ~180 participants from different schools, colleges, and training providers from the public and private sector to showcase all aspects of the Framework demonstrating its scope and flexibility as a tool to facilitate lifelong learning.

Under the new EU Sport Work Programme the first Expert Group for Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport took place in Bath, UK on 21-22 February. The Group comprises experts from the Member States and invited observers and speakers to contribute to the topics of the meeting.

The recent letter from Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament, has added weight and encouragement for EuropeActive to continue along its pathway to develop the systems and processes to make sure that fitness professionals have the future skills and qualifications to support the growth of the sector.

According to a Europe-wide survey of PT skills, revealed at EuropeActive's 2017 International Standards Meeting (ISM), around 35% of European fitness operators are not satisfied with skills PTs possess.

The SIQAF task force is now entering it's last phase of the project. During it's past meeting which took place November 22-23 in Rome, partners from the Active Leisure sector and international qualification experts putting together the outcomes of the past months.

After presenting the SIQAF project to the Belgian and Slovenian national authorities, EuropeActive’s director of programmes, Cliff Collins and EREPS’s Director Professional Standards Committee, Julian Berriman met the Greek government today to discuss referencing of European qualifications with the Greek Government.

EuropeActive is pleased to confirm that it has been selected for a project in the Erasmus+ Programme in Key Action 3 which is looking to reform initiatives for policy innovation in the area of recognising international qualifications/frameworks in the context of the EQF. The project includes the European Confederation of Outdoor Employers (EC-OE) and will take the active leisure sector qualification framework (SQF) through the stages of referencing directly to the EQF.