New Skills Agenda for Europe - competitiveness check-up
Ministers discussed the Skills Agenda for Europe in the context of the competitiveness check-up. They concentrated on the skills mismatch and future needs, the close links between acquisition of competences and the world of work, and the growing demands by companies of digital skills.
Unitary patent protection system
Ministers exchanged views on the Unitary patent protection system. They welcomed the confirmation made by the United Kingdom delegation to start preparations for the ratification of the agreement for the establishment of the Unitary Patent Court.
The announcement paves the way for the unitary patent protection system to enter into operation as soon as possible in 2017.