A new skills agenda for Europe

With the right skills, people are equipped for good-quality jobs and can fulfil their potential as confident, active citizens. In a fast-changing global economy, skills will to a great extent determine competitiveness and the capacity to drive innovation. They are a pull factor for investment and a catalyst in the virtuous circle of job creation and growth. They are key to social cohesion, but the situation in Europe calls for improvement. Many Europeans lack adequate reading, writing, numeracy and digital skills, with an increased risk of unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.


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A new skills agenda for Europe
European Commission (2016), A new skills agenda for Europe, COM(2016) 381. Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.


  • Policy document
  • EU28
  • Yes
  • no specific sector focus
  • skills and employability, social protection
  • English
  • European Commission (Government)
  • 2016
  • Open access
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