Minister Jet Bussemaker said: "The development and use of a right balanced set of skills are crucial to position pupils, students, teachers and adults in a changing and increasingly global labour market".
The outcome of the ministerial debate will feed into the forthcoming Commission's initiative "A New Skills Agenda for Europe", aimed at promoting lifelong investment in people, as well as increasing employability.
Finally, ministers had an exchange of views on promoting citizenship and fundamental values through education, in the follow-up to the Paris Declaration adopted almost a year ago at the informal meeting of Education ministers in Paris.
Ministers underlined that the purpose of education should not be only employability. One key task was also to foster respect for shared European fundamental values, such as the freedom of expression, democratic citizenship and equality.