Almost all EU member states already have a legal minimum wage covering all sectors. After a decision in Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday (2 April), the German government plans to join them, introducing an € 8.50 national wage floor. EurActiv Germany reports.
One in four adults in Europe lack basic numeracy and literacy skills, impeding them from finding work. While EU-boosted vocational training tries to bridge this gap, EU countries urgently need to tackle the mismatch between education and the job market, says James Calleja.
Twenty years after the EU introduced measures to facilitate the mobility of students in higher education via its credit transfer system, learners in manual or practical activities are set to get their own EU-wide system.
Skills shortage does not seem to be the most pressing problem of European labour markets, a new global survey suggests. But an abundance of trained workers can also point to a shortage in the job supply.
In an interview with EurActiv, UNICE's Secretary General, Philippe de Buck, addresses how better education and training systems can help Europe become the most dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world.
The Education Council has adopted a strongly-worded report calling the Spring European Council to recognise the importance of reforms in education and training systems to reach the objectives set out in the Lisbon strategy.
While the Commission aims to highlight the shortcomings in the reforms towards making education and training systems more efficient, the Council wants to emphasise the progress made so far in the report they will jointly present to the Spring European Council.