Opinion Factsheet  

Nowy europejski program na rzecz umiejętności

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Opinion Number: CDR 4094/2016
Commission: SEDEC
Status: Adopted
Date: 07/12/2016
 
welcome the proposed New Skills Agenda and call for a swift and effective implementation to tackle the skills gap in Europe, focusing on renewed efforts to modernise the European education systems, to achieve excellence and to stimulate innovation in these policy fields;
support the Commission's proposal for a Skills Guarantee aimed at improving employment opportunities and full participation in society for low-skilled adults in Europe;
promote new learning approaches, through various forms of IT-based learning, and ask to also include outreach activities for disadvantaged groups;
ask for local and regional authorities to be involved in these efforts, so as to ensure that the skills are deployed as soon as possible;
favour the reviewing the European Qualifications Framework and call for maintaining quality assurance coordination between the Member States;
call for cooperation to be developed on the basis of partnerships between national and local authorities, companies, employees and employee associations, as well as civil society players, with the aim of taking more account of skills and qualifications acquired through non-formal and informal learning.
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THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

- welcomes the Commission's proposed Agenda and considers that every effort should be made to ensure it is implemented swiftly and effectively;

- supports the Commission's proposal for a Skills Guarantee and believes it should be designed with reference to national, regional and local conditions and available resources, while also considering that investment in human capital should be seen as social investment;

- underscores that for investment in digital skills to be effective, strong pedagogical leadership is needed from teachers at different educational levels;

- underlines the importance of maintaining quality assurance coordination between the Member States and a step-by-step approach for cooperation between the EU and third countries over the comparability of qualifications;

- would like to see cooperation developed on the basis of partnerships between national, regional and local authorities, companies, employees and employee associations, as well as civil society players, with the aim of taking more account of skills and qualifications acquired through non-formal and informal learning.

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Council resolution on a New Skills Agenda for an inclusive and competitive Europe

The Council adopted a resolution on a New Skills Agenda for an inclusive and competitive Europe (13413/16), in the framework of the Commission's communication on the strategic importance of skills for sustaining jobs, growth and competitiveness.
On this occasion Commissioner Thyssen highlighted the key role that social partners at all levels could play in putting the Skills Agenda into practice, as well as the importance of partnerships between central and local authorities and public and private sector. Commissioner Navracsics underlined the dual nature of skills, which must include not only technical but also civic competences, critical thinking and entrepreneurship skills.
The Council also reached political agreement on a recommendation establishing "Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults" (formerly "Skills Guarantee"). It aims to provide opportunities for low-skilled adults to acquire a set of skills, knowledge and competences relevant for the labour market and active participation in society.

 
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