Europe moves to a Circular Economy with the Skills Pact

In a world increasingly concerned about sustainability and environmental preservation, the European Union (EU) is at the forefront of the transition to a Circular Economy. This initiative seeks not only to improve economic efficiency, but also to promote inclusion and create quality jobs.

The Circular Economy implies a significant change in business models and skills demands across Europe. The European Commission, aware of this transformation, is committed to supporting industry, educational institutions and public authorities in identifying and developing the skills needed for a Circular Economy.

One of the key tools in this process is the Erasmus+ programme, which extends to both specific projects and the Skills Pact. These initiatives promote collaboration between stakeholders, creating synergies that help to promote the circular competences essential for transition. However, despite these efforts, there are some limitations that require attention and improvement.

A recent study takes an in-depth look at these developments and the competences required for the future in the context of the Circular Economy. These have been identified through sectoral analyses and EU-level studies. In addition to job creation, it is crucial that the transition has a net positive impact in terms of employment, and that job quality also becomes a priority, as reskilling initiatives must ensure decent and sustainable jobs.

We need to understand that the Circular Economy in Europe is an evolving process that not only seeks to improve sustainability and economic efficiency, but also to promote inclusion and job creation. EU initiatives such as Erasmus+ and the Skills Pact play a crucial role in this process.