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Thematic Liaison Forum on Jobs and Skills at the European Commission, DG EMPL

The “Liaison Forum”, which is organised several times per year by DG EMPL, offers a regular platform of information, discussion and exchanges of experience on subjects of interest for EU social partners’ representatives. This one-day thematic Liaison Forum brought together representatives from cross-industry and sectoral social partner organisations engaged in EU social dialogue as well as representatives of the European Commission (from DG Employment and DG Education & Culture). Following the "Employment package" published by the Commission on 18 April 2012 (see in this regard the Secretariat note of 3rd May 2012), it appears clear that high skills levels remain essential to find a job, but there are an increasing number of vacancies for which the right skills are not available on EU labour market. Skills’ needs have to be more anticipated in the EU as to equip workers with the right skills needed for finding jobs. The main purpose of the meeting was to take stock of EU policy developments in the field of skills forecasting and tackling skills mismatches in the current difficult policy environment. Furthermore, social partners discussed about their involvement and responsibilities in this domain and exchanged their initiatives and experiences as to assess the scope for synergies and joint actions across sectors.