European Training Foundation


The European Training Foundation (ETF) is an agency of the European Union. Established in 1990, operational since 1994, the European Training Foundation is located in Turin, Italy.

European Training Foundation
ETF logo.svg
Agency overview
Formed30 November 1993 (1993-11-30)
JurisdictionEuropean Union
HeadquartersTurin, Italy
Agency executives
  • Cesare Onestini, Director
  • Joost Korte, Chairperson of the Governing Board
Key document
  • Regulation (EC) No 1339/2008

The ETF helps improve vocational training systems in non-EU countries, mostly in neighbouring regions such as the countries preparing for EU accession, North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans and the former Soviet Union.

The ETF offers these countries insight, know-how and experience in training people for new jobs and in developing lifelong learning programmes.

It cooperates closely with its sister agency, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), which has a mandate on vocational training within the EU member states.

It counts approximately 130 staff, representing most EU member states and some of the ETF non-EU partner countries. Its first director was Peter de Rooij, Dutch (1994-2004), followed by Muriel Dunbar, British (2004-2009) and Madlen Serban, Romanian (2009-2017). From 1 September 2017 the ETF's Director is Cesare Onestini, Italian.

External linksEdit

  • European Training Foundation
  • Description of the ETF on the EU website


  • [1]