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European Vocational Skills Week
News article19 November 2017Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Recognition for Open Data Platform for EU funds and Vocational Skills Week


Two European Commission projects have received recognition in the field of employment, social affairs and inclusion.

The Award for Good Administration, which was launched in October 2016 and attracted 90 nominated projects from the main EU institutions as well as many agencies and other bodies, was presented by the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly.

The Open data platform for EU funds won the category Excellence in open administration, while the European Vocational Skills Week 2016 was shortlisted in the category Excellence in Collaboration.

The Open Data Platform informs the public about the planning, implementation and achievements of EU policies for cohesion, employment, fisheries, and rural development. The platform features five funds, 28 countries, 530 programmes, and covers 42% of the EU budget. It provides intuitive visualisations of the investment themes. It also meets the demand from specialised audiences for detailed data on EU funds.

Due to the European Vocational Skills Week, an ambitious policy proposal became a major European initiative mobilising thousands of companies, vocational education and training providers, social partners, researchers, teachers and trainers, and national agencies, and could reach out to young people and their parents. The European Commission is organising a second European Vocational Skills Week in 2017 and the 2016 success can be used as motivation to do even better this year.

More information on the Winners and shortlisted nominations.