The EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry – EUROCHAMBRES – are to cooperate to tackle youth unemployment and the "skills mismatch", encourage entrepreneurship, advocate better and more transparent EU law-making and facilitate access to finance. This was announced today at a conference co-organised by the two bodies on the theme "Forecasting and delivering skills at regional level".
Marking the start of the CoR- EUROCHAMBRES cooperation, today's conference gathered high-level representatives of both bodies, as well as from the EU institutions and the business community, to discuss means to identify and deliver the skills that local economies need. Opening the event, Michel Lebrun, CoR President, stressed that: " Professional skills must be adjusted to the reality of the labour market. They should include a theoretical part, guaranteed through quality education, and a practical part provided by formative traineeships. In this regards, it is important that we focus our efforts on the Youth Guarantee with concrete projects. I therefore warmly welcome enhanced cooperation with Eurochambres to further work together on this issue ".
The President of EUROCHAMBRES, Richard Weber, emphasised that “The regional component is of critical importance to the Chamber network and we need to collaborate closely with local and regional authorities in ensuring favourable business conditions. This joint cooperation will provide a valuable framework for that collaboration.”
The CoR and EUROCHAMBRES will be developing cooperation on four main aspects, namely:
More information: Forecasting and delivering skills at regional level – Conference agenda
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