The European Union must provide fast track financial support to the regions!
Priorities in this period should focus on supporting the local economy, relaunching the labour market, provide quality education
“In the current pandemic context our priority, as a regional authority, is to make every effort to support the local economy, to relaunch tourism and agriculture, to have a quality education, all in order to develop skills and facilitate integration on the labour market. At the moment we need actions and not just statements. “, sustained, Borboly Csaba
Reducing youth unemployment by developing education skills is a priority of the county council, emphasizing the need to adapt the European Action Plan for Digital Education 2021-2027 and allocate fast track financial resources from the European Union to regional specificity, because in the context of online education, young people from less developed regions have been affected.
The lack of access to adequate education in most regions, the digital divide, require specific actions and fast track of the European Union funds.
“The European Union must take the necessary steps to support Member States, regions and cities in adapting and modernizing their education and training systems. We need to develop an action plan, an updated skills agenda in the current pandemic context. The role of regional and local authorities is extremely important in the development of skills, in the development of policies through education, so the regions must also be the main beneficiaries of the European fast track funds “, sustained Borboly Csaba
Several replies were received from the Lower Austrian Department of Science and Research –Section of Education, German Economic Institute, Region of Carinthia (Austria) and province of Utrecht (Netherlands) on the online written stakeholder consultation on European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience opinion, all focusing mainly on adapting to regional specificity, with priority given to teacher training, the development of a European education system, digitalization and the negative consequences of long-term online education.
Excluding regional disparities and developing digital skills and vocational training must be supported by direct investments.
Young people must have equal access to education and training and the role of regional authorities is extremely important, added Borboly Csaba.
Borboly Csaba, President of the Harghita County Council, is member of the Committee of the Regions since October 2012, being in his seventh term in the Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC).
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Miercurea Ciuc, 11th January, 2021