EU vocational skills week

On the occasion of its Fall 2019 Meetings, CECIMO is organising a roundtable discussion on “Skills4Industry” under the flag of the “European Vocational Skills Week”. It will taking place on Wednesday 4 December 2019, 11:30 – 12:30, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

CECIMO cooperates closely with the EU Institutions and the Member States to tackle the challenges that impact our industry as well as society. The skills gap is increasing and impacting on many European industries, including machine tool industries and related manufacturing technologies, which are facing difficulties to find workers with the right set of skills. The roundtable will discuss the importance of vocational education strategy to make the labour force industry-ready.

If you want to participate, please contact Damir Glas at or Giorgia Zia at


Opening remarks

Filip Geerts, CECIMO Director General

Roundtable discussion

Brando BENIFEI, Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Italy
Jenni HEIKKA, Senior Specialist, Counsellor, Competitiveness and Employment, Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU
, Counsellor, Education, Permanent Representation of Croatia to the EU
Alison CRABB
, Head of Unit, Skills and Qualifications Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
, Director for Policy Strategy and Evaluation, DG Education And Culture

Exchange of views with participants
Wrap-up and closing remarks