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New Skills Agenda for Europe

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In June 2016, the European Commission published the New Skills Agenda for Europe which is a package of measures to face concrete skills problems identified in Europe and to revise a number of existing European tools (e.g. Europass, European Qualifications Framework).

All ten key actions planned will be launched by the end of the year and most were more or less in line with the original schedule. Two Council Recommendations (Upskilling pathways, revision of the European Qualifications Framework) have been adopted in the meantime demonstrating general support together with partially substantial reservations by the Member States.

In September 2017, the European Parliament will adopt a resolution on the New Skills Agenda. Further, in July 2017 the plenary has adopted its mandate for the upcoming negotiations with the Council and the Commission on the revision of the Europass  framework on the basis of the joint report by the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the Committee on Culture and Education.

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