Human capital and skills development and recognition are among the priorities of the Slovak EU Presidency in the second half of 2016. In the framework of its Presidency, Slovakia will pay a particular attention on young people, who are “key for the future dynamism and prosperity of Europe” and the long-term unemployed.
The Presidency priorities document highlights that education and adequate links between the education system and the labour market contribute to a long-term drop in unemployment. It refers to the New skills agenda for Europe which was launched by the European Commission on 20 June 2016, as the means to “enhance links between the education sector and the needs of the labour market by fostering the development of skills, better transparency, support for vocational education and the modernisation of higher education”.
Furthermore, with regard to the negotiations on a Council Recommendation on establishing a skills guarantee, the Slovak Presidency aims to increase the level of adult education, including digital, entrepreneurial, and transversal skills, while in the context of the revision of the Recommendation on the European qualifications framework for lifelong learning, the Presidency will focus on developing tools and services for skills and qualifications as well as on the modernisation of higher education.
More information: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/news-and-press/news/skills-priority-slovak-eu-presidency