The Council adopted a resolution on a New Skills Agenda, which highlights the main aspects that will guide Council work in this field, in response to the Commission's communication on the strategic importance of skills for sustaining jobs, growth and competitiveness.
It covers areas such as skills development, mutual recognition of qualifications, support for both vocational education and training and higher education, as well as ways of exploring the full potential of the digital economy, with the aim of promoting 'lifelong investment in people'.
The Council also reached political agreement on a recommendation on New Opportunities for Adults, in the framework of the Commission's proposed Skills Guarantee. It aims to provide opportunities for low-skilled adults to acquire a set of skills, knowledge and competences relevant for the labour market and active participation in society.
The Council adopted conclusions on the prevention of radicalisation leading to violent extremism, which are very timely in the context of the 1st anniversary of the Paris terrorist attacks.
They underline the need to undermine and challenge existing violent extremist ideologies and to counterbalance them with appealing non-violent alternatives and to support parents, siblings, peers youth workers and others in contact with young people who are at risk of violent radicalisation.
They also emphasise the need to involve and cooperate with service providers in the fight against illegal hate speech online, whilst fully respecting of freedom of expression, in view of the role of the social media as a prime vehicle for targeting, grooming and triggering potential radicals to commit violent acts.