‘Connecting People for Green Skills’ project will be at the next European Week of Regions and Cities edition – OPEN DAYS 2015. The event offers GS’ partners the opportunity to communicate the results of this PROGRESS initiative, which is aimed to enhance the employability of workers in the construction sector by facilitating their access to new employment niches in sustainable building, resulting from the development of H2020’s policies. Eight partners from five countries -Spain, Poland, Denmark, Cyprus and Lithuania- contribute to this international project, which is coordinated from Alzira (Spain) by a local administration, the Territorial Pact for Employment at la Ribera County (PATER). 

In its first year of life, Green Skills has produced, among other outcomes, a synthesis report on best practices in 'green building' in the EU, a list of new job opportunities related to sustainable construction, a list of 'new' skills that workers need to take into consideration for the new employment niches, or a technology platform to link 'green jobs' supply and demand related to construction sector.

These results will be displayed at the Open Days 2015 workshop ‘Regions Contributing to the goals of the Energy Union’, aimed to highlight the role of regions within the Energy Union - the European Commission’s flagship initiative that energy efficiency, transitioning to a low-carbon society and developing new technologies and renewed infrastructure. The workshop will take place on 13 October 2015, 9:00-13:00, at the ‘Norway House’, Rue Archimède 17, Brussels.


The event will be opened by a key note speaker from the European Commission, while it will examine how local and regional authorities can support the development of green skills and jobs to ensure that local workforces are equipped to deliver the EU’s Energy Union ambitions.  The second part of the event will be an innovative brokerage session providing participants with an opportunity to network, and to generate ideas for transnational cooperation.

Registration is now open at the following link:

Background information

The OPEN DAYS – European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.  It welcomes some 6 000 participants in October each year (local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts) for more than 100 workshops and debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities.

More information: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/opendays/od2015/index.cfm