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2023 European Year of Skills, an opportunity for the Roma community [editar]

FSG Internacional

2023 European Year of Skills, an opportunity for the Roma community

The European Commission has adopted recently the proposal of President Ursula Von der Leyen to make 2023 the European Year of Skills. This year could be an opportunity to improve the situation of Roma in the labour market.

The European Year of Skills aims to empower people through the improvement of the skills to enhance their situation in the labour market and in the society, with a focus on matching people’s aspirations and skills with those demanded in the labour market. This initiative also aims to have an inclusive approach, boosting the training to up- and reskill, with a focus on leaving no one behind, specifically mentioning women and youth (particularly NEETs), by also cooperating with social partners and companies. Lastly, the year aims to attract people from third countries to improve the work force in Europe.

This year will be supported by the initiatives related to improving the skills that are already active in the European Union, as for example, the European Skills Agenda, the Pact for Skills, the Structured Dialogue with the Member States on Digital Education and Skills, and others.

From Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG), we believe that this initiative should dedicate resources those most vulnerable, including the Roma people, in the designing and proposal of activities and programmes during 2023. Roma are usually overrepresented in the data regarding NEETs, as can be seen in the recent FRA’s survey on the situation of Roma people in 10 European countries or in FSG’s Comparative Study on the Situation of the Roma Population in Spain in terms of Employment and Poverty

Roma also tend to suffer lower levels of education, so that when faced with inclusion in the labour market, skills training becomes a necessity.


The European Union counts with funding and technical support for the up- and reskilling, e.g., the European Social Fund Plus, the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the Digital Europe Programme, Horizon Europe or Erasmus +.

As next steps, the European Parliament and the Council will now discuss the Commission's proposal, taking into account the opinions of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.