PRESS RELEASE - ETF announces the international conference ‘Building lifelong learning systems'

A major event, focusing on skills for green and inclusive societies in the digital era, will take place on 21-25 June and will feature an award for good practice in green skills development

Turin, 2 June 2021 — The European Training Foundation has announced the details of the upcoming online event, organised jointly with UNESCO, entitled ‘Building lifelong learning systems: skills for green and inclusive societies in the digital era’, which will take place from 21 to 25 June 2021.

The conference, which is organised with the collaboration of EBRD, ILO and UNICEF, has a double objective: to create a forum for joint reflection on national and international experience in transforming education and training systems into lifelong learning, and to confirm priorities for future cooperation in the area of human capital development against the backdrop of global developments and challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Thursday 24 June a high-level session will see the participation of: Cesare Onestini, Director, European Training Foundation; Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, European Commission; Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director General for Education, UNESCO; Patrizio Bianchi, Minister for Education, Italy (G20 Presidency); Branko Ružić, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, Republic of Serbia; Tamar Kitiashvili, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Georgia.

On 25 June the ETF will also unveil the three winners of the ETF Green Skills Award, which will represent the best stories in skills development that empower the green transition.


The European Training Foundation is the EU agency supporting the countries of the EU neighbourhood to reform their education, training and labour market systems. It works with policymakers and practitioners to support reform, promote evidence-based approaches, document change, provide analysis and stimulate debate to anticipate new skills needs.

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Press team

Daria Santucci, Press Officer, daria.santucci@etf.europa.eu, +39 366 9639638; Michela Zabaglia, Press Trainee, michela.zabaglia@etf.europa.eu   

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