Discussing skills and citizenship at the Council on Education, Youth, Culture and Sports
The Council on Education, Youth, Culture and Sports was last held on 24 February 2016. The Council adopted a resolution on socio-economic development and inclusiveness in the EU through education. The text focuses on measures to ensure targeted investment in education and on how best to address skills gaps in order to restore jobs and promote sustainable economic growth in Europe. At the same time, it highlights the equally important role of education in promoting citizenship and social inclusion. Ministers also discussed how to increase synergies between education, the labour market and society with a view to raising awareness and underlining the urgency of the many issues relating to skills development. The outcome of the ministerial debate will feed into the forthcoming Commission’s initiative “A New Skills Agenda for Europe”, aimed at promoting lifelong investment in people, as well as increasing employability.