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1.3.2  Cross-Border


                 The idea of Cross-Border seminars came into  11 countries are actively involved in these annual
                 existence in 2005 as an initiative of Euroguidance  Cross-Border Seminars.
                 centres of three neighbouring countries – Austria,   As an example of this, in 2016, the Cross-Border
                 the Czech Republic  and the Slovak Republic.   Seminar on Cross-Cultural Guidance and Interna-
                 The objective was to enhance cross-border gui-   tional Careers – Integrating Migrants and Minori-
                 dance and mobility cooperation and to facilitate  ties was organised in Potsdam, Germany. Alto-
                 networking of guidance practitioners and policy  gether around 100 guidance experts from across
                 makers in the cooperating countries.     Europe took part in the event and enriched their
                                                          knowledge about guidance policy, research and
                 Since 2005, thematic Cross-Border seminars have   practice in the context of migration. The plenary
                 been organised on a rotating basis between the   and the  workshops touched  upon the  current
                 participating countries. In the past years, more   status and development of intercultural guidance
                 and more Euroguidance Centres have been at-  and  integration  of  migrants  and  refugees  into
                 tracted by this successful initiative and currently  learning and working across Europe.

                    1.4         Commission

                 Meetings for EU

                 Funded Networks

                 During 2016, the European Commission (DG EMPL)   value of their cooperation in relation to the target
                 hosted two meetings that specifically addressed  groups they serve. But as the Euroguidance core
                 the networks of Euroguidance, Europass and Eu-  services differ quite substantially from the tools
                 ropean Qualifications Framework (EQF). They took   that are offered through Europass and EQF, there
                 place in Brussels and were used for consulting   are pros and cons to this initiative. The strengths
                 the three networks on the Commission initiated   and weaknesses of this action were discussed
                 revision of the tools and services for skills and   from different perspectives at the networks’,
                 qualifications, and their synergies.     Member States’ and EU levels during the year.
                 The intention of the Commission is to bring these  By the end of 2016, no final binding decision was
                 three networks administratively and operatively  taken on how the networks’ joint administration
                 closer to each other and increase the added  and cooperation are to be organised in the future.

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