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European Year of Skills
News article15 June 2023Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

European Research Executive Agency fosters excellence in science for the European Year of Skills

REA fosters excellence

The European Research Executive Agency (REA) manages several parts of EU research and innovation programmes that underpin skills for researchers in a broader labour market context: 

Second, research performed by projects managed in REA feeds into the main objectives of the Year of Skills:

  • Promoting skills for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) that support the Green Deal and the digital transition
  • Focusing on the developments in the labour market and the economy 
  • “Skills for Life” – contributing to the concept of life-long learning 
  • Providing insights into expanded social inclusion and the labour market 
  • Improving women’s participation in IT and STEM fields 
  • Removing the barriers and expanding opportunities for workers from outside the EU 


REA manages 446 projects working with more than €1.1 billion in EU contribution that support skills development. Find out more in REA’s factsheet.

The POTENTIALS project explores new ways to foster job-creation and economic activities for the so-called ‘Coal Regions in Transition’. Continuing with the underlying theme of job creation, the PILLARS project plans to provide policymakers with the knowledge of which future in-demand professions and skills. MIDIC analyses the importance of intercultural competences of migrant descendants and how it benefits the job market. 

Further information

The overall objective of the European Year of Skills is to further promote the mindset of reskilling and upskilling. This will contribute to the creation of quality jobs, with a view to realising the full potential of the green and digital transitions in a socially fair, inclusive and just manner. For more information on EU-funded research’s role in supporting the European Year of Skills, read this dedicated webpage. This includes examples of projects boosting skills as well as testimonials from people who have been involved with research projects and have learnt new skills.

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