Informal Competitiveness Council (scientific research), in Vilnius: doorstep by Dainius PAVALKIS, Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science; welcome; roundtable and group photo
Lieu: Vilnius, Lithuania
End production: 24/07/2013 First transmission: 24/07/2013
The European Ministers of Research, gathering informally in Vilnius today, discussed what skills are needed now and in the future to ensure EU competitiveness in the field of science and innovation.
Talks involev higher education and business experts along with the research policy makers to map and develop the currently lacking skills and better match skill supply and demand, as well as how to promote competitive skills in the field of science and innovation.
Although there is an enormous amount of unemployment in Europe, the evidence also shows skill shortages, with certain sectors and regions lacking employees to fit their needs. For example, Europe faces up to 700,000 unfilled ICT jobs, whereas in total, there are around 2 million job vacancies across the EU despite high levels of unemployment.
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||SOUNDBITE (English) by Dainius Pavalkis, Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science, on the agenda of the informal Competitiveness Council: Ministers will discuss on what skills do we lack now or in the future in Europe for research and development. Skills are becoming more important in today's Europe. But there is a mismatch of skills given to young people in universities and the ones that are demanded in the research and labour market. This discussion should involve universities, research and businesses together. Youth unemployment is high in Europe, but at the same time there are around two million job vacancies through Europe, around 700.000 vacancies in ICT sector. Ministers will discuss how we should go forward for developing European economy, technologies and innovation as a mean to get out of the crisis.
||Arrival of Ministers and delegations - welcome by Dainius Pavalkis (5 shots)
||Arrival of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science - welcome by Dainius Pavalkis (2 shots)
||Arrival of Ministers and delegations - welcome by Dainius Pavalkis (54 shots)
||Roundtable (30 shots)
||Group photo (7 shots)