In the years until 2020 the European youth generation - 16-29 years of age - will diminish from 90 to 81 million, a reduction of 9 million or 10 per cent. This will have a profound impact on education, the economy and society now and in the future.
In the same period technological changes will be even more pervasive and global competition will increase, not least the competition for talented people. Thus, there is an urgent need to strengthen policies to make Europe ready for this competition and to give young Europeans opportunities to learn and to develop their capacities.
This report presents recommendations on how cross border mobility for learning and skills can be made a basic element in the emerging knowledge society and of a more competitive and attractive Europe.