Opinion Factsheet  

European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience

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Opinion Number: CDR 3878/2020
Rapporteur: BORBOLY Csaba
Commission: SEDEC
Status: Adopted
Date: 05/02/2021
 
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- advocates for the recognition of the crucial role local and regional authorities (LRAs), and Member States, play in the EU's main policies, and also in the realm of skills, as owners of the relevant infrastructure, as beneficiaries of EU Funds and of national and regional support, and also as the main gateways to local and regional communities;

- suggests that regional territorial strategies and Green-Deal-related pacts should refer to the skills policy and investments that the region needs;

- highlights that the Commission should take steps to build direct links with LRAs interested in fast-tracking of EU funds in the form of pilot projects;

- notes that the Commission should analyse whether it can set up a European platform with a selection of best practices, which would be accessible to LRAs and which would support the development of adaptation and resilience strategies and action plans, inspiring new local and regional initiatives;

- notes that regional disparities are created by the skills gap and mismatch in the EU and are likely to be widened if local and regional policies are not well designed and not financed accordingly;

- holds the opinion that any policy intervention must be in keeping with the regional context, and that a "one-size-fits-all" approach does not work.
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