In 1992 the European Commission took the initiative to form a European Network of national
resource and information centres for guidance, the NRCVGs´ (National Resource Centre for
Vocational Guidance) now called the Euroguidance network.
A reason for this was that guidance played and still plays a significant role in EU policies for
education, training and employment. The provision of lifelong guidance is recognised as a
prerequisite to make lifelong learning a reality for European citizens.


In January 1992, vocational guidance was one of the three strands of the PETRA programme
(Action III). Three main types of activities were developed within the context of this action:
- The establishment of a network of National Guidance Resource Centres (NRCVG’,
now called the Euroguidance network)
- Development projects which reflected themes of common interest, based on
cooperation between three or more Centres
- The Transnational project for the training of counsellors, which was focused on
European aspects of guidance.


From the beginning the NRCVG network consisted of 12 countries: BE, DE, DK, EL, ES,
FR, IE, IT, LU, NL, PT and UK, but some of the candidate countries and EEA countries
participated also in the work.


Between 1995 and 2006 the NRCVGs were funded in the Leonardo da Vinci programme
(first phase1995-1999 and second phase 2000-2006). Under this 10-year period, the
Euroguidance Network grew with three countries in 1995, when Austria, Finland and Sweden
joined the EU and in 2004 when 10 of the 12 candidate’s countries joined. Bulgaria and
Romania followed in 2007, but many of these 12 new member countries had already taken
part in the Euroguidance work for some years.

Today the network includes centres in 32
countries: 27 Member States and Turkey (since 2005). Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and
Switzerland participate on a voluntary basis, without Community funding. Since 2007 the rest
of the network is funded through the Lifelong learning programme (transversal part)