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Brussels in Brief: updates on EU developments in education and research

13 December 2012

On 7 December, the European Commission launched the EU Skills Panorama, a website providing information on short- and medium-term skills needs, skills supply and skills mismatches. Meanwhile, the Council of the EU (Education, Culture, Youth and Sport meeting) adopted conclusions on the contribution of education and training to economic recovery, growth and jobs. Finally, last month the European Commission also announced plans for an initiative of European and African countries to jointly fund collaborative research projects.

Commission launches EU Skills Panorama website

The European Commission last week launched the EU Skills Panorama website, which it said would present quantitative and qualitative information on short- and medium-term skills needs, skills supply and skills mismatches. Drawing on “data and forecasts compiled at EU and Member State level”, it will look to “highlight the fastest growing occupations as well as the top 'bottleneck' occupations with high numbers of unfilled vacancies”.

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said the Panorama would also help to improve the “response of education and training systems to changing skill trends and to ensure people are equipped for those areas where job demand is set to increase”.

The website contains detailed information by sector, profession and country.  The Commission said the website shows that the occupations with the most unfilled vacancies in the EU today are finance and sales professionals. Other shortages most frequently reported concern biologists, pharmacologists, medical doctors and related professionals, nurses, ICT computing professionals and engineers.
Visit the website here.

Contribution of education and training to economic recovery and growth (Council of the EU conclusions)

Ministers attending the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council meeting (Council of the EU) at the end of last month adopted conclusions on the contribution of education and training to economic recovery, growth and jobs which the Council said “seek not simply to underline but also to strengthen the key role of education and training in Europe 2020 Strategy”. 

At national level, member states are for example encouraged to include more work-based elements in education and training programmes, particularly in the field of VET; promote flexible pathways between VET and higher education in the context of national qualifications frameworks; provide better targeted student support and guidance, with a view to helping students to complete a higher education degree in the time foreseen. At European level, the Council of the EU conclusions encourage the education and training sector to play a more prominent role in implementing the education and training aspects of Europe 2020, by ensuring that education ministers regularly debate European Semester-related issues and by promoting cooperation between the Education Committee and the Employment Committee and other relevant committees.

More information is available here and here.

Joint funding of European-African research projects

In November, the EC announced plans for an initiative of European and African countries to jointly fund collaborative research projects. It said the calls, expected to be launched in January with a budget of €11 million, would offer research funding in areas such as agriculture, health, climate change and energy, grouped under three headings: "Renewable Energy", "Interfacing Challenges" and "Idea driven research". They are being developed within the framework of the €2 million, three-year "ERA-Net for Africa" (ERAfrica) project. The agreement concerns ministries and public institutions from 15 countries. Together they have agreed to fund research for at least €11 million, with the five African states contributing nearly €4 million.

More information is available here.

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