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European Year of Skills
News article14 April 2023Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion2 min read

Skills for you! Join the European Year of Skills Festival on 9 May

This Year, Europe Day will be extra special. On 9 May 2023, the European Commission will celebrate the official start of the European Year of Skills.

Skills for you - EYS festival 9 May 2023


The European Year of Skills is putting skills at the heart of the EU policy debate. What better way to celebrate Europe Day than by hearing from companies and people who acquired new skills that boosted their careers?

From our Brussels hub in the Cité des Métiers, the place to search for information to build one’s professional future, we will connect with skills events across Europe. Several European Commissioners will be present to celebrate the European Year of Skills.

The Festival will be live-streamed via the European Commission’s YouTube channel.  

Save the date in your calendars, and we hope to see you there!


9 May 2023 – 14:00-15:30 CET


The event is live streamed on the European Commission YouTube account, but make sure to confirm your participation and receive new updates by filling this form.

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Introduction by moderator – Annelies Beck from Cité de Métiers, ACTIRIS

Keynote speech by President Ursula von der Leyen

‘Europe vision’: Skills for the Digital Transition

1. Syvester Productions, connecting from Belgium

2. Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, connecting from Berlin

3. Valeriya Ionan, Deputy Minister for Eurointegration at the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, connecting from Ukraine

Back to HQ: Skills for You

Interviews with people who have benefited from upskilling/re-skilling

‘Europe Vision’: Skills for the Green Transition

1. Mats Persson, Minister of Education of Sweden, connecting from Stockholm

2. Alliance for Batteries, Technology, Training and Skills (ALBATTS)

‘Europe vision’: Attracting talent to the EU

1. Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, connecting from Athens

2. EMA - Development and Mobility Agency, running the Programme DIGI TALENTS, connecting from Slovakia

3. National Institute of Chemistry, connecting from Slovenia

Back to HQ: Skills Quiz

‘Europe vision’: Matching people’s aspirations

1. Dragoş Pîslaru, Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, and Loucas Fourlas, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur on the European Year of Skills Decision, connecting from Brussels

2. eCivis, connecting from Spain

Back to HQ: Skills for You

Interviews with people who have benefited from upskilling/re-skilling

‘Europe vision’ – Working together for skills

1. Members of a Pact for Skills Energy Intensive Industries Large Scale Partnership

2. Centre of Vocational Excellence - European Platform for Urban Greening project, connecting from the Netherlands

3. The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and the Federation of European Social Employers, EU social partners in the social services sector, connecting from Sweden and Belgium

4. CITEVE - Textile Technology Center and TINTEX Textiles, connecting from Portugal

‘Europe vision’: Celebrating Europe Day with the European Year of Skills

1. European Commission Representation in Latvia and the State Education Development Agency, connecting from Latvia

2. Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, connecting from Luxembourg





Publication date
14 April 2023 (Last updated on: 8 May 2023)
Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion