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Turkey Progress Report En

Turkey Progress Report En


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European Union - European Commission - Progress Report on Turkey, candidate member since 2005
European Union - European Commission - Progress Report on Turkey, candidate member since 2005

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As regards education, training and youth, there has been good progress over the reporting
period. The new Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action programmes attracted a growing
number of applications and the National Agency responsible for these programmes continued
to ensure sound and efficient management. Eighty out of the eighty-one provinces were
covered by the Lifelong Learning programme in 2007 further to measures adopted by the
Turkish authorities and the National Agency to encourage the programme's nation-wide
coverage. However, implementation of these programmes in 2008 has been hindered by a lack
of funds because Turkey did not pay its total contribution in time.

Turkey is at an advanced stage of implementation of the Bologna process reforms in higher
education. It needs to continue its efforts towards implementation of a national qualifications
framework improving recognition of prior learning and widening access to higher education.

Regarding the Education and Training 2010 Work Programme, Turkey continued to improve
its performance on early school leavers, on completion of upper secondary education, and on
maths, science and technology graduates but not on participation of adults in lifelong learning.
A vocational qualifications authority was set up. Its task is to establish a national
qualifications system, including licensing, accreditation, assessment and certification
procedures, and to link this national system to the European qualifications framework.

Turkey continued to participate in the Culture Programme (2007–2013). The Law on Istanbul
as the 2010 cultural capital of Europe was adopted. Turkey has signed, but not yet ratified, the
UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural


There has been good progress in the areas of education, training, youth and culture. However,
Turkey needs to provide its total financial contribution to Community programmes in time in
order to ensure their smooth implementation.

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