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Europe 2020

Europe 2020 is the EU's strategy for the coming decade.  The Union has set five objectives - on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy - to be reached by 2020. Each Member State will adopt its own national targets in each of these areas. Concrete actions at EU and national levels will underpin the strategy. (European Commission Website, 2010)

The strategy was launched  by President of the European Commission Barroso on 3 March 2010 and you can read it in full here

The strategy proposes seven flagship initiatives to boost growth and employment. They include Youth on the Move.    The Youth on the Move communication sets out a series of actions to help young people gain the qualifications and skills they need to succeed in the jobs market. The measures proposed by the European Commission focus on three areas:

  • Modernising education and training so that it is more relevant to the needs of young people and employers. Actions will target schools, apprentices and better recognition for skills gained outside formal education. They also aim to make higher education more attractive to increase the proportion of young people with high-level qualifications.

  • Supporting learning and job mobility. Measures include new EU-level information sources, a Council Recommendation on removing obstacles to learning mobility, a new generation of EU funding programmes for education and training, and an improved European job portal (EURES).

  • Providing a new EU framework for youth employment, including recommendations to Member States on labour market reform and more help for public employment services to improve support for young people.  (Youth on the Move website 2010)