Education ministers have held a policy debate on “Connecting education, the labour market and society” on 24thFebruary, with a view to raising awareness and underlining the urgency of issues relating to skills development. Commissioner Navracsics pointed out that not only cognitive skills are relevant in society; but that “transversal” skills such as creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, languages and communication are also increasingly important for economic and social development. The outcome of the ministerial debate will provide input to the Commission’s forthcoming communication “A New Skills Agenda for Europe”, which aims at reducing the current skills gap and boosting both employability and mobility. EFIL gave input to this Communication through the Lifelong Learning Platform and the European Youth Forum and will attend an in-person consultation meeting on 15th March.

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