New directions in the EU’s political economy for skilled workforce

The EU member states agreed with the Commission’s proposal on the EU-wide social targets by 2030; according to these targets at least 60 percent of adults should participate in training every year, with adequate national budget contributions; to reach this target, the EU has several funding instruments available to support the states in up- and […]

Modern education efforts for skills in digital and green transition

The EU member states are trying to solve problems connected to shortages of skills needed presently due to both post-pandemic syndrome and modern challenges affecting active pace of EU-wide digitalisation and green transition. Recent review visualizes some policies and employer practices in the EU states used to mitigate general skills shortages and those connected to […]

European “green industrial” development: plans and solutions

Economic perspectives in the EU “net-zero-growth” are clear enough: new markets are on the doorstep with breakthrough clean technologies, which will also transform the whole energy systems. Active investors will secure a place in the new economy’s paradigm by rejuvenating industrial manufacturing bases and creating newly skilled workforce. The EU also intends to hold leading […]

Harnessing the lack of needed skills and talents in the EU

Recent EU analysis has shown the European member states and even whole regions are affected by the loss of skilled workforce to deal with modern transforming national priorities. The aggravated situation seriously threatens the European regional long-term prosperity: the EU has already identified 82 regions representing together about 30 percent (one third!) of the EU’s […]

EU labour market: covering shortages in skills

Labour market challenges and the opportunities of labour migration were discussed by the EU economic and social partners in order to tackle these issues. Exchanging views and best practices were needed in regard of a new labour migration platform to formulate most effective measures to attract skilled and talented people to the EU. These policy […]

Universities in Europe and the world: good teaching for a profitable career

It is becoming a trivial adagio that good education is vital for national socio-economic development. Referring to articles in, it is appropriate to show the best-ranking universities in Europe and the world. The analysis is reaffirming a view that providing the best quality teaching and satisfying youth’s aspiration for a profitable career is important […]

Navigating growth and employment: EU’s skills agenda for 2023

The idea of making 2023 the European Year of Skills stems from the intention to strengthen the member states’ competitiveness in the world, with a better focusing on investments, supporting the SMEs and matching employment needs with people’s aspirations and talents. Having relevant skills empowers governance sectors successfully navigate changes in the job market and […]

European human capital and skills in need of transformation

Most of present global/European challenges can be solved only by modernising training and education towards newly needed skills and qualifications. The EU member states are advised using “human capital” in a most efficient way; however, while having one of the European strongest labour markets in decades, most companies, and even national governance structures, are in […]

EU integration through the EU’s “Skills year-2023”

New Commission’s skills-initiative for 2023 seems to be too complicated to deliver within just a year: it is involving all three existing “division of competence” between the EU and the member states. Some, as the education policy, is almost fully in the states’ competence shared; however, the initiative touches upon important issues vital for the […]

Minimum wage: perspective European socialist agenda

Securing adequate minimum wages for workers in the EU has been a long-standing theme in the EU-wide social agenda. This September was a pivotal moment: the draft directive was endorsed by the European Parliament to confirm an agreement between the Parliament and the Council in June while providing hope for a successful adoption of a […]