Proposal for a Decision on a European Year of Skills 2023

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Series Details COM (2022) 526
Publication Date 12/10/2022
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Legislative initiative - tabled by the European Commission on 12 October 2022 - establishing the European Year of Skills for 2023. This is a text with EEA relevance.

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The green and digital transition set out for the European Union (EU) comprise the opening up new opportunities for people and the economy. Having the relevant skills empowers people to successfully navigate labour market changes and to remain fully engaged in society. However, over three quarters of companies the EU report difficulties in finding workers with the necessary skills. Figures from Eurostat suggest that only 37% of adults undertake training on a regular basis. The Digital Economy and Society Index shows that 4 out of 10 adults and every third person who works in the EU lack basic digital skills.

In order to boost competitiveness of companies, to realise the full potential of the transition in a socially fair, inclusive and just manner, the President of the European Commission announced during her annual State of the European Union (SOTEU) address the European Year of Skills for 2023. This aims include:

  1. Promoting increased, more effective and inclusive investment into training and upskilling;
  2. Strengthening skills relevance;
  3. Matching people’s aspirations and skills-set with labour market opportunities;
  4. Attracting people from third countries with the skills needed by the EU.

The proposed Decision was adopted by the European Commission on 12 October 2022.

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European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), 14/10/2022: 2023: European year of skills… for quality or precarious jobs?
European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA): News, 28/10/2022: 2023 will be the EU Year of Skills
EPRS: At a Glance, November 2022: Proposal to make 2023 European Year of Skills

EurActiv, 13/10/2022: Commission adopts proposal to make 2023 the European Year of Skills

European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on European Year of Skills 2023 (2022/0326(COD))
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: European Year of skills 2023
European Commission: DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion: Skills and qualifications
European Commission: News, 14/09/2022: 2022 State of the Union: "2023 will be the European year of Skills"
European Commission: Press Release, 12/10/2022: Commission kick-starts work on the European Year of Skills
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (EU CEDEFOP): News, 17/10/2022: Gearing up for European Year of Skills 2023

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