Policy Webinar: Pact for Skills and EU Funding Opportunities: ESF+, RRF, ERASMUS+

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Policy Webinar: Pact for Skills and EU Funding  Opportunities: ESF+, RRF, ERASMUS+
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Overview

During this webinar we learn about the objectives of the Pact, its structure, and facilitation of collaboration between the different stakeholders active in reskilling and upskilling. Moreover, the EU funding programmes supporting the implementation of the Pact will be discussed, as well as the non-financial support the EU institutions have to offer under the long-term budget 2021-2027.

Skills are at the core of several transitions we are facing: the recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic and the shift towards a greener economy, both being backed by a strong digital transformation. For innovation and growth, large and small businesses, as well as the public sector need to pool together substantial efforts in meeting Europe’s skills need. The Pact for Skills promotes joint action to maximise the impact of investing in improving existing skills (upskilling) and training in new skills (reskilling). The Pact is the flagship initiative under the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience, sustaining the European Pillar for Social Rights.

During this webinar we learn about the objectives of the Pact, its structure, and facilitation of collaboration between the different stakeholders active in reskilling and upskilling. Moreover, the EU funding programmes supporting the implementation of the Pact will be discussed, as well as the non-financial support the EU institutions have to offer under the long-term budget 2021-2027.

Agenda:

  • 15:00-15:05 Introduction, Bianca Polidoro, Senior Policy Manager, EVPA
  • 15:05-15:15 Pact for Skills for the Proximity & Social Economy: Structure and Principles- Marie Boscher, Policy Officer European Commission, DG GROW.
  • 15:15-15:45 EU Funding Opportunities supporting the Pact for Skills under MFF 2021-2027, European Commission, DG EMPL.
    • 15:15 - 15:25 RRF - Juros Luka, Policy Officer
    • 15:25 - 15:35 Erasmus+ and the blueprint for sectoral cooperation - Anna Nikowska, Seconded National Expert
    • 15:35 - 15:45 ESF+ - Lyubomira Derelieva, Policy Officer
  • 15:45-16:00 EVPA member - practical example of investment in upskilling and reskilling
  • 16:00 - 16:20 Q&A with speakers
  • 16:20-16:30 Conclusions, CƒÉtƒÉlina Papari, Policy Associate, EVPA

Webinar Recording:

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Speakers

Anna Nikowska

Anna Nikowska

Anna is a Policy Officer with almost 17 years working experience and a solid education background in the fields of adult learning and upskilling and reskilling of people of working age. For the past six years she has been working the in the European Commission, in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. She is responsible for implementing the Pact for Skills, the first flagship action of the European Skills Agenda.

Before that, for 11 years, she worked in the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. There, together with her team, she was responsible for developing upskilling and reskilling national system and implementing training projects helping SMEs and their employees adapt to the changing labour market.


Marie Boscher

Marie Boscher

Marie Boscher is a policy officer in charge of social economy in Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs where she coordinates the implementation of the Pact for Skills for the Proximity and Social Economy Ecosystem.

She began her career in the Commission in the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology working on the implementation of the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications, dealing with EU policies and legislative conception in the field of electronic communications and the Digital Single Market. She later worked as a legal and policy officer in DG Migration and Home Affairs where she focused on investment migration, and migrant entrepreneurship as well as application of EU law. Prior to joining the European Commission, she worked as an Attorney in an international law firm in Brussels, where she focused on international law, EU regulatory and competition law.


Lyubomira Derelieva

Lyubomira Derelieva

Lyubomira has worked in the European Social Fund coordination unit of DG Employment since 2016. She follows the topics of investment in education skills and youth employment, among others. Her background is in sociology and law.


Luka Juros

Luka Juros

Luka Juros is an expert in international cooperation, public policy and education. He led the European Commission's work on the European Education Area Communication.

He is currently working on the employment, social and skills aspects of the €672 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility and the EU economic and social governance system (the European Semester). He is coordinating work on the "Upskilling and Reskilling" flagship of the Recovery and Resilience Facility and contributing to the collaboration with Italy, Lithuania and Luxembourg.


Jessica Curtis

Jessica Curtis

Jessica is a Senior Fund Manager and Head of Education and Health at Rethink Ireland. She has 20 years of experience in the education, disability and community development sectors with a focus on counteracting disadvantage and devaluation through upskilling.

For the last two years she has been working with Rethink Ireland scoping and managing social innovation funds and coordinating academic evaluations on the funds using a social value approach. She is currently overseeing the selection process of an Education Innovation Fund and preparing for the launch of Rethink Ireland's first academic evaluation of an Education Fund in early summer 2021.


Bianca Polidoro

Bianca Polidoro

Bianca is EVPA's Senior Policy and EU Partnerships Manager and a member of the the European Commission's Expert Group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises (GECES). She joined EVPA in February 2019. She leads the EVPA Policy's team, which monitors and analyses key policy developments relevant to the VP/SI sector, and implements the multi-annual policy strategy of EVPA. She represents EVPA's community towards EU authorities (EC, EIB, EIF etc.), as well as other multilateral bodies.

Bianca's skills and knowledge are supported by a solid background in International and European Law, Environmental Economics and Sustainability field and policy development. She has significant work experience in managing multi-stakeholder relations, involving EU institutions, government representatives and other policy decision makers, business leaders, NGOs, research and the academic sector.


Catalina Papari

Catalina Papari

Cătălina Papari joined our Policy department as a Policy and EU Partnerships Associate in April 2020. She was a trainee at the European Commission in DG Regio, starting to specialise in inter-institutional European relations and audit, mainly focusing on the simplification of the Cohesion Policy and ERDF.

Previously, she followed a MSc in Economic Policy at the faculty of Law, Governance and Economics from Utrecht University and a BSc in International Business and Economics from Bucharest University of Economic Studies. She was always passionate about institutional economics and the evolution of public-private dynamics regarding socio-economic policies. During her studies she conducted research on education policies, impact evaluation, and projects scale-up mainly in Central and Eastern European countries with the final goal of creating more policy evidence. In the long-run she strives to contribute with her knowledge to a more efficient global economy with better social outcomes and reduced poverty gaps.