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A New Skills Agenda for Europe

10 June 2016. The European  Commission adopted  a new  Skills Agenda for Europe. The aim is to ensure that people develop a broad set of skills from early on in life and to make the most of Europe’s human capital, which will ultimately boost employability, competitiveness and growth in Europe.

The  New Skills Agenda for Europe calls on Member States and stakeholders to improve the quality of skills and their relevance for the labor market. Increasing skills levels, promoting transversal skills and finding ways to better anticipate the labor market's needs, including based on dialogue with the industry, are therefore essential to improve people's chances in life, and support fair, inclusive and sustainable growth as well as cohesive societies.

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Integration Action Plan for Third-Country Nationals

7 June 2016. The Commission adopted an Integration Action Plan for Third-Country Nationals outlining a set of actions ranging from education to non-discrimination and social inclusion.

The Commission puts a particular emphasis on promoting inclusive education and common EU values as well as reaching out to young people.

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A new role for culture in strengthening international partnerships

08 June 2016. The European Commission adopted a new strategy to put culture at the heart of EU international relations. The 'Strategy for international cultural relations' presented by the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy aims at encouraging cultural cooperation between the EU and its partner countries and promoting a global order based on peace, the rule of law, freedom of expression, mutual understanding and respect for fundamental value.

Communication proposes a strategic framework for deeper and more effective international cultural relations as well as a new model for cooperation with Member States, national cultural institutes, private and public operators from the EU and its partner countries, increasing opportunities, creating synergies and maximising socio-economic benefits.

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Programme of the Trio Presidency (Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta)

The Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta, the Presidency Trio from the start of 2016 to mid-2017, have jointly drafted an agenda setting out the main topics which the EU Council will address in the coming 18 months: Growth, jobs, freedom, security, justice, energy union and a stronger EU in the world.

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