"Skills for the Future of European Macro-regions" within the framework of European Week of Regions and Cities 2023

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COVID-19 and war on the European continent have profoundly changed European society and its needs. This participatory lab aims to discuss creative solutions based on previously unexplored approaches.

Two EU macroregional strategies for the Danube and Baltic Sea regions jointly consider the role of upskilling and innovative approaches in designing solutions for the recovery and future of the European macroregions. The session also tackles ESF+ financial capacities in dealing with these issues.

  • When? October 10, 9:30-11:00 СЕТ
  • Where? Onsite in Brussels, Belgium
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What to expect? 

  • participatory lab format with focus on exchanging knowledge, co-creating solutions to local and regional challenges
  • fruitful discussion with experts experienced in professional education, innovative approaches and digitalization, representing governments, EU and non-governmental institutions
  • case-oriented approach tailored to match the needs of the target audience – SMEs, educational sphere, employers and employees
  • knowledge and best practices exchange
  • experience of organizations and institutions of different priority areas from Baltic Sea and Danube regions
  • overview of the ESF+ financial capacities

Participants of the session will be able to find practical solutions to their problems together with speakers who have extensive experience in vocational education, innovative approaches and digitalisation:
🎤 Roland Hanak, Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour and Economic Affairs)
🎤 Merle Andrashko, Coordinator of the Education Priority Area of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
🎤 Iryna Shumik, Director General of the Directorate of Vocational Education, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
🎤 Alexander Zier, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg
Moderator: Nadija Afanasieva, director of Ukrainian Institute for International Politics and PAC9 member.

The event is organized by Ukrainian Institute for International Politics together with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg (Germany) and Norden Association Sweden.

📌 This session will be held within the European Week of Regions and Cities 2023, the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy. Read more here.