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New skills agenda for Europe

The European Commission has adopted a new Skills Agenda for Europe. According to the Commission, the aim is to “ensure that people develop a broad set of skills from early on in life and to make the most of Europe’s human capital” and to boost employability and competitiveness in Europe.

When Marianne Thyssen, EU commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, presented the New Skills Agenda on June 20, she acknowledged the importance of a strong social partner involvement to address the skills gap.

The Skills Agenda identifies a need to boost reading, writing, numeracy and digital skills. The Digital skills gap will for example by addressed by the launch of the “Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition” to ensure that the European labour force is equipped with digital skills.

NFU is happy to hear that the Commissioner is acknowledging the importance of social partners in order to address the issues and hopes that it will be reflected in the ongoing work. Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Günther H. Oettinger, also invited the trade unions to the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition in his key note speech at the ETUI-ETUC conference on the new world of work 27-29 June 2016.

All available information regarding the New Skills Agenda for Europe is to be found here.

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