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Agencies of the European Community

The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), located in Thessaloniki, Greece, is the EU's reference centre for vocational education and training. It provides information and analyses of vocational education and training systems, policies, research and practice. Cedefop was established in 1975 and its information, research and dissemination activities support vocational education and training specialists to develop and improve education and training in Europe. Its activities are grouped into four areas: research, reporting, exchanges, and information and communication:

The European Training Foundation (ETF), located in Torino, Italy, supports the reform of vocational training in partner countries within the context of European Union external relations' programmes such as Tacis and Phare Programmes and translates EU policy into training and labour market instruments for third countries. ETF offers insight into political, social and economic dimensions, in-depth know-how and experience in labour market lifelong learning, and competence in transferring expertise in EU external relations. EFT works with over 40 countries: the Mediterranean partners, Balkans, NIS and Mongolia:

The European Environment Agency (EEA), located in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been operational since 1994. Its mission is to collect, prepare and disseminate timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information on the state and trends of the environment at Europeanlevel. The founding regulation of EEA stipulates that it is open to countries that do not belong to the European Union but share its concern for the environment. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have been members from the start and EEA was the first EU body to welcome the then candidate countries as members. The Agency also co-operates actively with other relevant bodies and international organisations:

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), based in Heraklion, Greece, is aimed to assisting the Community in ensuring particularly high levels of network and information security by development of a culture of network and information security for the benefit of EU citizens, consumers, enterprises and public sector organisations. ENISA'stasks are focused on collecting and analysing data on security incidents and emerging risks, co-operating with different players, raising awareness and promoting risk assessment methods and best practices, and tracking the development of standards for products and services on Network Information Society:









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