2023 proposed as the European Year of Skills

5 October 2022

During the 2022 State of The Union address (SOTEU), the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, proposed to make 2023 the “European Year of Skills”.

The speech delivered before the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg highlighted the shortage of skills in Europe, which must finally be overcome with a major effort to be implemented immediately. “We need much more focus in our investment on professional education and upskilling. (…) but we also have to attract the right skills to our continent, skills that help companies and strengthen Europe’s growth.”

The President of the Commission also pointed out the importance of investing more in further education and higher education, and that it needs “careful knowledge of what staff are needed and how we can fill those vacancies”.

  • The lack of staff is a challenge for Europe’s companies. We must invest much more in training and further education. This is why I am proposing to make 2023 the European Year of Skills.

    Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

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