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.