Special Paper – Rethinking Skills and Education

On 6 February 2013 Scotland Europa held an event entitled 'Rethinking Skills and Education: EU Investment in Jobs and Growth 2014‐2020' at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Inverness. This brought together Scotland Europa members and wider Scottish partners and stakeholders to discuss the opportunity which exists in the EU 2014‐2020 programming period concerning skills, education and employment.

The event provided an occasion for partners to consider the ‘appetite’ for EU engagement across this important EU policy arena. Reflecting on both the incentives and barriers to enhance EU engagement in these areas in future, there was general consensus at the event that Scotland could improve efforts to better understand the new EU policy and funding landscape and the opportunities it offers.

In the run‐up to January 2014, there remains a window of opportunity to generate a cross‐Scotland commitment and critical mass for such engagement. Scotland Europa would be keen to be involved with and support such activity and we invite and await feedback from our members and Scottish stakeholders on how this might be achieved.