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Policy Webinar: Pact for Skills and EU Funding Opportunities: ESF+, RRF, ERASMUS+


Policy Webinar: Pact for Skills and EU Funding Opportunities: ESF+, RRF, ERASMUS+

2021 Policy Webinar Pact for Skills speaker visual

Skills are at the core of several transitions we are facing: the recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic and the shift towards a greener economy, both being backed by a strong digital transformation. For innovation and growth, large and small businesses, as well as the public sector need to pool together substantial efforts in meeting Europe’s skills need. The Pact for Skills promotes joint action to maximise the impact of investing in improving existing skills (upskilling) and training in new skills (reskilling). The Pact is the flagship initiative under the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience, sustaining the European Pillar for Social Rights.

During this webinar we learn about the objectives of the Pact, its structure, and facilitation of collaboration between the different stakeholders active in reskilling and upskilling. Moreover, the EU funding programmes supporting the implementation of the Pact will be discussed, as well as the non-financial support the EU institutions have to offer under the long-term budget 2021-2027.


  • 15:00-15:05 Introduction, Bianca Polidoro, Senior Policy Manager, EVPA
  • 15:05-15:15 Pact for Skills for the Proximity & Social Economy: Structure and Principles– Marie Boscher, Policy Officer European Commission, DG GROW.
  • 15:15-15:45 EU Funding Opportunities supporting the Pact for Skills under MFF 2021-2027, European Commission, DG EMPL.
    • 15:15 – 15:25 RRF – Juros Luka, Policy Officer
    • 15:25 – 15:35 Erasmus+ and the blueprint for sectoral cooperation – Anna Nikowska, Seconded National Expert
    • 15:35 – 15:45 ESF+ – Lyubomira Derelieva, Policy Officer
  • 15:45-16:00 EVPA member – practical example of investment in upskilling and reskilling
  • 16:00 – 16:20 Q&A with speakers
  • 16:20-16:30 Conclusions, Cătălina Papari, Policy Associate, EVPA

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Meet the speakers

Anna Nikowska

Anna Nikowska - European Commission

Anna is a Policy Officer with almost 17 years working experience and a solid education background in the fields of adult learning and upskilling and reskilling of people of working age. For the past six years she has been working the in the European Commission, in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. She is responsible for implementing the Pact for Skills, the first flagship action of the European Skills Agenda.

Marie Boscher

Marie Boscher - European Commission

Marie Boscher is a policy officer in charge of social economy in Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs where she coordinates the implementation of the Pact for Skills for the Proximity and Social Economy Ecosystem.

Lyubomira Derelieva

Lyubomira Derelieva - European Commission

Lyubomira has worked in the European Social Fund coordination unit of DG Employment since 2016. She follows the topics of investment in education skills and youth employment, among others. Her background is in sociology and law.

Luka Juros

Luka Juros - European Commission

Luka Juros is an expert in international cooperation, public policy and education. He led the European Commission's work on the European Education Area Communication.

Jessica Curtis

Jessica Curtis - Rethink Ireland

Jessica is a Senior Fund Manager and Head of Education and Health at Rethink Ireland. She has 20 years of experience in the education, disability and community development sectors with a focus on counteracting disadvantage and devaluation through upskilling.

Bianca Polidoro

Bianca Polidoro - EVPA

Bianca is EVPA’s Senior Policy and EU Partnerships Manager and member of the the European Commission’s Expert Group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises (GECES). She joined EVPA in February 2019. She leads the EVPA Policy’s team, which monitors and analyses key policy developments relevant to the VP/SI sector, and implements the multi-annual policy strategy of EVPA. She represents EVPA’s community towards EU authorities (EC, EIB, EIF etc.), as well as other multilateral bodies.

Cătălina Papari

Cătălina Papari - EVPA

Cătălina Papari joined our Policy department as a Policy and EU Partnerships Associate in April 2020. She was a trainee at the European Commission in DG Regio, starting to specialise in inter-institutional European relations and audit, mainly focusing on the simplification of the Cohesion Policy and ERDF.


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