UNESCO Education UIL

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), Greece

Library and Documentation Service

Established in 1976, CEDEFOP is the European Commission’s institution dealing with vocational education and training (VET) systems in EU countries. The Cedefop Information and Documentation Service is a special library. Its collections are specialised on one main topic: vocational education and training (VET) in the European Union. Our principal objective is to select, acquire, process and disseminate a wide range of printed and electronic materials relevant to its target groups. Our information strategy is based on a decentralised approach reflected in the documentary information network with representatives from the 15 member States plus Norway and Iceland.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Educational policy, Further training, Vocational education

User Profile:

CEDEFOP and European Commission staff; EU institutions; administrators; policy–makers; researchers; training practitioners on national and international level

Contact Information


Evropis 123
GR–57001 Thessaloniki

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 22427 – Finikas
GR–55102 Thessaloniki

(+30–2310) 490 214
(+30–2310) 490 043
Contact person:
Marc Willem (Head of Information and Documentation Service)

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Parent Organisation:
European Commission
Aviana Bulgarelli
Information staff:
Countries Served:
European Union Member States
Working Languages:
Bulgarian, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Maltese, Mongolian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish


Books and Documents:
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
Annual growth of Collection:
10% of Collection

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Classification System
In–house rules
Methods of Data Processing
Indexing Tool
European Training Thesaurus (ETT)
Database Software
ALEPH 18.2

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

The main source of information is VET–Bib, Cedefop’s bibliographic database, which contains references to published and electronic material (monographs, research reports, legislation, EU legislative documents, journal articles, grey literature, etc. at EU, international and national levels.
All documents referenced in the bibliographic database are available either in the Cedefop library or from the documentary information network libraries. In July 2011, the bibliographic database contained about 80,000 bibliographic records and the library collections amounted to 30,000. European Training Thesaurus Cedefop’s indexing tool contains approximately 1500 descriptors in English and French, in the 2009 printed edition. More languages will be available online.

Special Activities

Evaluating current developments in the vocational education training field; which are predefined search strategies on current relevant topics, such skills needs, early recognition of skill requirements, lifelong learning, sectoral training, etc.;  and the monthly new acquisitions list VET-Alert


CEDEFOP coordinates ReferNet, the European network of reference and expertise with members in all 27 EU countries plus Norway and Iceland.

Other material

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Intensify dissemination of information, develop a communication and marketing strategy, develop user driven platforms

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

To provide bibliographic information at the European level