The third of these seminars, on 26 June, was organised together with the Maltese EU Presidency and focused on addressing and preventing low skills. It was attended by more than 50 representatives from the permanent representations to the EU, the European institutions and other organisations based in Brussels.
In his welcome, Cedefop Director James Calleja stressed the important role played by the agency in providing research-based evidence supporting policy-makers in addressing the low skills challenge. According to Mr Calleja, research is necessary to increase the visibility of the issue and thereby provoke political change.
Cedefop Head of Department for Learning and Employability Antonio Ranieri presented a study on the economic and social costs of low-skilled adults in the EU. He said that low-skilled adults are much more likely to experience unemployment and poor working conditions than any other population group, with the costs this implies for the individuals and for society at large. The recent decrease in the number of the low-skilled is now slowing down, further accentuating the need for policy action.