Commissioners Ferreira and Schmit address the conference on supporting skills development through reforms

Tomorrow, ahead of the Porto Social Forum and in the framework of the European Year of Skills, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira and Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit will address a conference in Porto, Portugal, on supporting skills development through reforms.

The conference gathers representatives of European ministries of labour and social policies, ministries of education, ministries responsible for public administration, ministries in charge of migration, public employment services, representatives of vocational education and training schools as well as European and national experts in the area of skills.

The debates will focus on which reforms are needed to address labour shortages, the need to equip people with the skills in demand for the green and digital economies, how to tackle the ageing and shrinking working age population, as well as which reforms are needed to equip public administrations with skills to meet current and future challenges. The ultimate aim is to ensure that Europe has a skilled workforce, both in the private and public sector, and to showcase concrete examples of reforms supported by the Commission’s Technical Support Instrument.

The Commissioners will deliver keynote speeches, along with Ana Mendes Godinho, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal; Johan Pehrson, Minister for Employment and Integration of Sweden and João Costa, Minister of Education of Portugal.

A webstreaming will be available here.