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European Commission adopts new EU Skills Agenda

Friday, June 10, 2016

The European Commission has adopted a new Skills Agenda for Europe.

The agenda aims to make sure that people develop the skills necessary for the jobs of today and tomorrow. This task is essential to boost employability, competitiveness and growth across the EU.

The agenda calls on EU countries and stakeholders to improve the quality of skills and their relevance for the labour market. It looks to reduce the number of Europeans lacking adequate reading, writing, numeracy and digital skills.

At the same time, it seeks to help highly-qualified young people find work that suits their potential and aspirations, make it easier for employers to recruit employees with the right profiles and to equip people with the skills and mindset to start their own businesses.

Presenting the new EU Skills Agenda, Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, made reference to the European Pact for Youth, jointly launched on November 17, 2015, by the European Commission and CSR Europe, as an example initiative that contributes towards equipping young people with the right skills to find work in a fast-changing labour market.

In her speech, Commissioner Marianne Thyssen said "...the EU Skills Agenda is about employability and about ensuring that people have the skills to participate in society".

Read Communication: A New Skills Agenda for Europe - Working together to strengthen human capital, employability and competitiveness.

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