Cedefop is joining forces with three other EU agencies (Eurofound, ETF and EU-OSHA) on 25 September in Brussels to examine and highlight how each one is contributing to a strengthened European social model in its own unique way. The agencies will provide different perspectives on how the European social model can boost competitiveness in the context of the current crisis.

Considering the challenges for Europe’s businesses, workers and young people, the agencies will present a multidimensional approach to a better and more sustainable future for the Europe of tomorrow.

The event will be held under the auspices of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Committee and will present the latest insights and work from the four agencies. In addition, experts from the world of work, academia and politics will be invited to debate the latest trends and consider how the EU social model can and does contribute to the improvement of the current social and economic landscape, ensuring a sustainable and competitive future.

Cedefop will demonstrate how Europe must get the best out of its people in order to be competitive. Not only does this require education and training systems to focus on people’s skills, (key) competences and entrepreneurial spirit – but they also need an inbuilt capacity to respond rapidly to the changing needs of the labour market.

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) will highlight its research in a range of key areas: labour market analysis, how trends in working conditions and new ways of organising work can impact on productivity, measures to tackle the cost of youth unemployment, how public services are set to respond in times of crisis, the progress towards sustainable work and the key role of social dialogue in helping Europe on the path to recovery.

The European Training Foundation (ETF) will focus on the importance of the EU external relations context, providing clear evidence that improved education and training in the neighbouring countries of the EU enhance employability, competitiveness and entrepreneurship. The ETF will show how sustainable development through human capital development is essential for improved economic performance.

And finally, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will convincingly demonstrate that at enterprise level, effective management of health and safety makes sound economic sense. Healthy and safe workplaces with motivated managers and workers who are involved are more productive, contributing to a sustainable strengthening of Europe’s competitiveness.

Click here for the event’s draft programme (attendance by invitation only).

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