CECIMO Reaction to the revised EU Skills Strategy

31 July 2020

In July 2020, the European Commission published the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience. It sets ambitious, quantitative objectives for upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) to be achieved within the next 5 years. The aim is to ensure that the right to training and lifelong learning becomes a reality across Europe to the benefit of everyone.

CECIMO welcomes the Commission’s revised Skills Agenda for Europe and highlights the importance of developing a coherent and coordinated skills framework across Europe to enable economic growth and maintain European industries’ competitiveness abroad.

We believe that closing the skills gap will require a joint approach by the European Commission and the Member States in the following areas:

  • Improvement of the education policy framework
  • Upskilling and reskilling practices
  • Lifelong learning opportunities
  • Investment and development of the resilient skills framework