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The network of National Academic Recognition Information Centres (NARIC), which has been installed by the EU in 1984, as well as the European Network of Information Centres (ENIC) established by the Unesco, have gathered information on the recognition of diplomas and studie achievements abroad for many years.

At the same time a European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) has been developed, which strives for the transparency of qualifications of national degrees in the EU.

In a report by the EU Commission called "quality indicators” from June 2002, 15 quality indicators of lifelong learning performance in Europe have been established. In this report the European Council documented for the first time the aim, to make the European education and training systems a worldwide quality reference by 2010.

After the obstacles to mobility had been published in 1996 by the EU Commission, the Ministers of Education from the G8 countries, having regard to the Erasmus programme, made a committment in spring 2000 to doubling the mobility of students, teaching staff, researchers and administration staff in the education sector by 2010.

This was consolidated with the decision by the EU Heads of State and Government in the same year to make an action plan, in order to promote the recognition of educations abroad as well as the participation in voluntary services.

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To this day there is a lack of overview and clear structures in the education policy. This situation is aggravated by the fact that there are no existing objective and competence-orientated quality standards that make educational programmes comparable and assessable throughout Europe.

The European Committee for Quality Assurance (GEIE) pursues the aim of establishing tranparency and structures in the field of vocational education and training. The EUC supports institutions to implement and disseminate a Europe-wide quality standard.