In 2008, the European Commission issued a call for proposal to finance international partnerships to test the implementation of the ECVET process in the context of learners’ geographical mobility. As a result, eleven pilot projects were selected for the period 2008-2012. Most of these projects tackled issues related to the context of formal initial vocational education and training and tested ECVET in the context of transnational mobility of learners. However, some also raised issues related to the mobility of workers and lifelong learning.
In 2010, the European Commission issued a new call for proposals to finance a second generation of pilot projects. A specificity of this call for proposals was its focus on supporting national implementation. Eight projects were funded in the period 2011-2014. The projects were required to include the support of system-level implementation of ECVET in their objectives. Moreover, the projects were regarded as an important part of Member States’ efforts to create the necessary conditions to develop and test measures for the gradual implementation of ECVET.