Commissioners Thyssen (Employment, Social Affairs and Skills) and Navracsics (Education and Culture) took part in a joint meeting with MEPs from the CULT and EMPL committees at the European Parliament on 18 April to prepare for the launch of the New Skills Agenda.
The European Commission initiative “New Skills Agenda for Europe” aims to boost jobs and growth in accordance with the EU’s overall 2020 strategy.
Amongst other topics at the meeting participants discussed lifelong learning is very important as it helps tackle social exclusion by offering and creating opportunities for everybody. With the vast gap between disadvantaged groups and the rest of society, the EU should focus on supporting personal empowerment through the development of transversal skills, competences and knowledge throughout people’s lives.
The Commission is expected to launch the New Skills Agenda in May 2016.