Regions providing skills and jobs for a green Society - 13WS21208

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM · 1 hr. 30 min. (CET)


The pandemic has drastically changed Europe's social and economic fabric. Our ways of working, learning, and training are fundamentally changing, and the EU’s Green Deal has put forward new ambitious climate and energy objectives. What does this mean for citizens, companies, local authorities, and regions? Is the move towards a "green society" just a utopian idea or does it also support a job-rich recovery? What kind of skills are needed to benefit from it? What tools and ideas exist to support people and facilitate the transition towards a more sustainable economy? And most importantly: are there good examples we can learn from? These and other issues will be tackled at this interactive round-table discussion with experts from the fields of employment, skills and sustainable development affairs. Please send your questions in advance to



COVID-19 has exposed Europeans to further drastic changes in their jobs, education, economy, welfare systems and social lives. The EU’s Green Deal, however, has put forward new ambitious climate and energy objectives that will help to build a greener, fairer Europe. It is at times of deep transformations such as these, that Europe's social fabric is put to the test. Europeans continue, legitimately, to hold onto the promise of a successful social market economy, with jobs that provide a decent living and protection in times of need.

Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, schools, colleges, training centres and university and industry leaders in Europe are faced with unprecedented challenges, given the growing need for the upskilling and reskilling of workers and a transition towards a more digital and greener Europe. in March, to support a job-rich recovery in the Member States following the COVID-19 crisis, the Commission presented, alongside the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, a recommendation for Effective Active Support to Employment (EASE), providing guidance and funding to promote job creation and job-to-job transitions towards expanding sectors, notably the digital and green sectors.

Ambitious renewable energy objectives and a successful labour market require the engagement of all authorities at the national/regional levels, and, above all, of citizens. Local authorities, the private sector, and VET/Adult providers must be on board with the efforts to provide and secure the quality and stability of renewable energy. Such an ecosystem is essential to ensure local ownership and to work towards the same ambition, goal, and objective. The European Pact for Skills, in synergy with the European Green Deal, offers the best opportunity to strengthen such collaboration and to make a success of the green transition. These changes need the acquisition of a whole new set of skills, from technical ones to soft ones, which will enable full participation in economic activity and the labour market.

This round-table will start with an introduction to Effective Active Support to Employment (EASE) by DG EMPL. It will be followed by a presentation on the Platform of Vocational Excellence Water, a joint initiative of VET schools and Water industry professionals in Europe to educate VET students to become flexible, digitally skilled and sustainability-oriented water sector professionals. The third round of discussion will be dedicated to e-Learning for energy managers. During the discussion, the round-table will explore how regions and regional stakeholders can contribute to the objectives of the Green Deal by providing the skills and employment needed in the renewable energy sector.




Welcome, introduction and house-keeping rules

Moderator: Iñigo Araiztegui, Director of Internalisation, TKNIKA

Probably, one video:


First round

Effective Active Support for Employment - how can it help Member States and regions recover from the crisis?

Anita Halasz, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion 

Video: Job retention schemes are keeping millions in work, what happens once they end? | Euronews



Second round

How can we educate our VET students to become the flexible, digitally skilled and sustainability-oriented water sector professionals that the emerging European Water sector so desperately needs?

Pieter Hoekstra, Programme Director, CIV Water – from EfVET

Vocational students from the Netherlands, Malta, the Czech Republic, and Latvia will share their experiences of what vocational excellence in European water-related education means to them



Third round

E-Learning for energy managers

Paul De Schepper, Thomas More Kempen - Campus GEEL



Fourth round

Marisol Martínez (Director at IES Luces, Principality of Asturias), EARALL

European Association of Regional and Local Authorities for Lifelong Learning (EARLALL)European Commission - DG EMPLEuropean Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (EfVET)Thomas More Kempen - knwoledge centre energy (KCE)
English (EN)