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New Skills Agenda for Europe

05 June - 06 June 2016, Brussels (DG EMPL)


The European Journalism Centre (EJC), in collaboration with the European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG Employment), invites 28 journalists from EU Member States to the seminar: "A New Skills Agenda for Europe" in Brussels. The confirmed date for the seminar is 6 June.

Europe's economic success is to a very large extent based on the skills of its population. Our future competitiveness and growth depend on skills. And the pace of change in the labour market makes this especially challenging; the digital revolution continues to reshape jobs.

Participants in this seminar will learn more about the skills challenges facing Europe and how the Commission proposes to tackle them through the New Skills Agenda to be adopted on 7 June:

- Too many people can't get jobs or are stuck in poor jobs because they don't have sufficient skills or the right skills. Or the skills they have aren't recognised and put to good use;
- Despite continued high unemployment in some parts of Europe, employers can't find people with the right skills they need to grow and innovate;
- And too few people have the skills and entrepreneurial spirit to set up their own business.

How can Europe work together to increase people's skills levels, make qualifications easier to understand and compare, and improve our understanding of the skills needed by employers today and in the future?

The seminar will be an opportunity for discussion of the new initiative with experts in the field, including DG Employment staff, representatives of employers' and employees' organisations, and EU project coordinators.

The programme includes an on-the-record meeting with Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.

This seminar is specially targeted at journalists covering business and/or employment, as well as those covering EU affairs more widely.

Journalists will arrive in Brussels on Sunday 05 June and depart on Monday 06 June in the evening. Flights, accommodation and most meals will be taken care of and costs covered by the organisers.

To apply to join this seminar, please do so on this website or contact Malou Ishiguro-Oldenhof at [email protected]

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