The European Skills Agenda includes 12 actions organised around four building blocks:
- A call to join forces in a collective action:
- Action 1: A Pact for Skills
- Actions to ensure that people have the right skills for jobs:
- Action 2: Strengthening skills intelligence
- Action 3: EU support for strategic national upskilling action
- Action 4: Proposal for a Council Recommendation on vocational education and training (VET)
- Action 5: Rolling out the European Universities Initiative and upskilling scientists
- Action 6: Skills to support the twin transitions
- Action 7: Increasing STEM graduates and fostering entrepreneurial and transversal skills
- Action 8: Skills for life
- Tools and initiatives to support people in their lifelong learning pathways:
- Action 9: Initiative on individual learning accounts
- Action 10: A European approach to micro-credentials
- Action 11: New Europass platform
- A framework to unlock investments in skills:
- Action 12: Improving the enabling Eu qualifications framework to unlock Member States’ and private investments in skills
Objectives for EU Qualifications
The European Skills Agenda sets objectives to be achieved by 2025, based on well-established quantitative indicators.
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is working according to the EU Cross-Border Healthcare Directive (CBD).
A massive investment in skills is needed. In addition to money from enterprise and governments, the EU is prioritising investing in people and their skills in our budget. The Recovery Plan for Europe proposed by the Commission in May 2020 will also focus on skills related activities.
EU investment in skills
|Programme||Investment (in billions of euros)*|
|European Social Fund Plus (ESF+)||61.5|
|European Globalisation Adjustment Fund||1.1|
|European Solidarity Corps||0.8|
*Resources from the Recovery and Resilience Facility specifically for skills investment cannot yet be estimated
To unlock more national and private investment in skills we are exploring how fiscal frameworks can better support investment and we will promote enhanced reporting on human capital by large companies. Together with national statistical offices, the Commission will work on transparent EU qualifications skills reporting in national accounts and statistics.
In cooperation with the European Investment Bank group, the Commission will explore innovative financial mechanisms to promote skills investments.