An agenda for new skills and jobs

The European Union is committed to reach an employment level of 75% of its workforce by 2020 (68.6% in 2011). In Europe, currently more than 23 million people are looking for a job. With its "Agenda for new skills and jobs", the EU and the member states are stepping up labour market reforms, join forces to equip people with the right skills, attempt to improve working conditions and encourage the creation of new jobs.

Levels of employment and work-related skills vary significantly between EU regions. In many member states, regional and local authorities have a certain degree of responsibility for labour market and training policy. Cities and regions often provide guidance to jobseekers, finance training and job programmes, and invest in education. These activities can be co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) or EU education and training programmes.

In the Committee of the Regions, employment issues are dealt with by its Economic and Social Policy Commission (ECOS) and education and training policy by the Commission on Education, Youth, Culture and Research (EDUC). On 28 February 2013, the Committee will hold a conference in Dublin on new skills and jobs and the role of regional and local authorities.

 

Events


An agenda for new skills and jobs - Europe 2020 Conference
28 February 2013, Dublin (Royal Hospital Kilmainham)

This conference will discuss how local and regional authorities can improve education and respond to the need for more flexible careers, contributing this way to Europe's growth strategy.


Survey


A call for good practice on the Flagship Initiative An agenda for new skills and jobs is now opened.

A selection of good practice will be showcased at the Europe 2020 conferences and included in the Europe 2020 Monitoring Platform database.

 

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