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European Vocational Skills Week logo saying 'Discover your talent' 05/12/2016

Commission organises first European Vocational Skills Week

From 5 to 9 December 2016, the European Commission is organising a first European Vocational Skills Week to inspire people to discover, use and improve their talents and abilities through vocational training. It is one of the ten key actions proposed by the Commission under the New Skills Agenda for Europe, presented in June this year.

The European Commission today announced the British city of Chester as the winner of the Access City Award.

European Commission rewards British city Chester for enhancing accessibility in its city life

The European Commission today announced the British city of Chester as the winner of the Access City Award. Chester was chosen out of 43 cities from 21 EU countries, because of its inclusive measures for people with a disability in different sectors, in particular the tourism sector.

Friendly smiling client at shop paying at cash register desk 29/11/2016

Commission proposes €1.8 million from Globalisation Fund to help 800 Dutch former retail workers

Today the European Commission made a proposal to allocate €1.8 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to the Dutch regions of Drenthe and Overijssel. This would support 800 former retail workers in finding new jobs

David seated at a table with a computer in front of him, discussing with a colleague

The Youth Guarantee in practice: a boost for David's employment chances

David Banović’s life and career was following a steady path. He was studying journalism and politics at university. He had a part-time job where he was learning basic administrative and accounting skills.

Graph matches 16/11/2016

European Semester Autumn Package: Working for a stronger and more inclusive economic recovery

The Commission has set out its views on the EU's economic and social priorities for the year ahead, building on the guidance from President Juncker's 2016 State of the Union address and on the latest economic data from the Commission's Autumn 2016 Forecast.

Young man repairing a car in a garage 08/11/2016

Commission proposes 856,800 euros from Globalisation Fund to help former car workers in Spain

The European Commission has proposed to provide Spain with €856,800 from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 250 former car workers in the Spanish community Comunidad Valenciana (Spain) to find new jobs.

Members of the FEAD Network hear from projects across Europe 07/11/2016

FEAD Network discusses synergies with European Social Fund

Members of the FEAD Network came together in Brussels on 7 November to discuss synergies between the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD). One hundred Network members gathered to meet and learn from other organisations how FEAD and ESF operations can be structured to complement each other.

Vasiliki seated at her desk moving the computer mouse

The Youth Guarantee in practice: Vasiliki leaves unemployment behind and helps others find work

Vasiliki Christidi graduated from university with the firm belief that it would be simple to find a job because she had a degree. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy and after several months, she was still unemployed.

Four clear bottles with a plant inside. The more coins a bottle contains the bigger the plants are. The left bottle contains no coins, the right bottle is full of coins.

Over 100 agreements signed with microfinance providers since start of EU microfinance initiatives

More than EUR 1 billion has been mobilised to support over 100,000 micro-entrepreneurs in 23 EU member states under the Progress Microfinance and the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programmes.

From left to right: Fons Leroy, chair of VDAB, the Flemish public employment service, Commissioner Marianne Thyssen and Frank-Jürgen Weise, head of the German public employment service 03/11/2016

Keynote speech by Commissioner at PES Board meeting in Bratislava

During the Board meeting of the EU Public Employment Services on 1 December in Bratislava, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen gave a key-note speech on the value of the Network and its input in the Commission's work.