The Greek Minister of Education Kyriakos Pierrakakis visited Cedefop on 18 April and had the opportunity to be briefed about the Agency's research and policy advice work in the areas of vocational education and training (VET) and skills.

He and the Deputy Minister of Education Ioanna Lytrivi were welcomed to Cedefop's premises in Thessaloniki by Executive Director Jürgen Siebel and the rest of Cedefop's management team to discuss the recent developments across Europe in the fields of VET and skills policies, with special reference to the European Year of Skills.

Mr Pierrakakis expressed particular interest in the challenge of skills matching, and Cedefop expert Kostas Pouliakas presented to the Greek delegation the most recent data on the national labour market, drawn from the Agency's online Skills forecast tool and other Cedefop data sources.

Mr Siebel reiterated Cedefop's readiness to support any European Union country, of course including its own host country, Greece, in designing and implementing policies for VET, skills and qualifications.