During the informal meeting of research ministers, higher education and business experts along with the research policy makers will be sharing ideas on how to map and develop the currently lacking skills and better match skill supply and demand, as well as how to promote competitive skills in the field of science and innovation.
“Europe´s future depends on its knowledge and innovation economy. This not only requires investments in research, but should also be accompanied by developing the necessary skills. If we are to solve the problems in the current EU labour market and pave the way for Europe´s competitive future, we need to identify the lacking skills and enable science and business together those necessary skills develop”, says Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science Dainius Pavalkis.
This informal meeting will continue the COMPET meeting that has begun on 23 of July. Together with EU ministers this gathering will be addressed by European Commissioner for research, innovation and Science Mįire Geoghegan-Quinn.
The Informal Competiveness Council (research section) represents an informal meeting of Ministers for Research, hosted by a presiding Member State and intended for the informal discussion of political issues at the EU level. The event will discuss the skills required for Europe to respond to research and innovation needs.
The EU ministers will try to answer to the question: What skills do we lack in Europe now and in the future to be able to serve the needs in the field of science and innovation?