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European Year of Skills

The European Year of Skills – What Comes Next?

Welcome to The European Year of Skills – What Comes Next?, the closing event of the European Year of Skills. It will take place on the 30 April in Brussels and online. 

“The European Year of Skills – what comes next?” is a large-scale conference where hundreds of participants will come together to share successful skills stories and discuss the legacy of the European Year of Skills. During the event, we will look back at the achievements of the Year and reflect on the road ahead. After all, the European Year of Skills does not really end here – connecting the dots and delivering in practice remain a top priority.  

The conference will feature prominent political and stakeholder panels, inspiring speeches, insightful conversations, and interactive discussion groups on specific topics. Join us to discuss effective skills policies and how to ensure that skills remain a top priority across Europe. 


30 April 2024 (8:30 – 19:00 CET)  


THE EGG Brussels  

Rue Bara 175, 1070 Brussels, Belgium 

EMPL-EU-EYS-CLOSING-EVENTatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (CONTACT US)

Agenda of "the European Year of Skills - what comes next?"





8:30 –    9:30  

Registration and morning coffee  

9:30 –    9:45  

Opening speech   

9:45 –  11:00  

Stakeholder panel: The European Year of Skills: a stepping-stone towards Europe’s skills revolution 

11:00 – 11:30  

Coffee break   

11:30 – 11:40 

EU Agencies: action in the spotlight 

11:40 – 12:30  

National Coordinators: Conversation on skills 

12:30 – 14:00  


14:00 – 14:15  

Inspirational speech   

14:15 – 14:30  

Explanation of discussion groups and transition time  

14:30 – 16:00  

Discussion groups: The European Year of Skills: what comes next?  

  • “Skills-first approach”,
  • “Upskilling and reskilling approaches: empowering individuals“,
  • “Investment in skills: agile funding approaches for public-private partnerships”,
  • “Better skills intelligence and smarter use of it”.

16:00 – 16:30  

Coffee break  

16:30 – 17:30  

Political panel: Skills revolution: an imperative for the Europe of today and tomorrow   

17:30 – 17:45  

Closing remarks  

17:45 – 19:00  

Networking with a cocktail