European long-term agenda on ‘Leadership skills for a high-tech economy’

Brussels - In June 2016 the European Commission adopted the new and comprehensive New Skills Agenda for Europe in which it proposes 10 actions to be taken forward over the next two years, some of which have just been launched ( It includes the Commission leading the movement towards a European long-term agenda on ‘Leadership skills for a high-tech economy’. This is developed in close collaboration with leading stakeholders and will include concrete recommendations for action at EU and national level to build up the supply of a comprehensive range of e-leadership skills and ensure their future optimal availability throughout European enterprise. All experts will meet at a high-profile conference on 26 January 2017 in Brussels where the final results are expected to become available.


The new agenda to be elaborated is to take digital education and entrepreneurship policies fully into account, address labour market disruptions resulting from ICT developments and integrate new analyses of leadership skills for liberal professions such as doctors and lawyers, be broad enough to exploit synergy with emerging leadership skills requirements in businesses exploiting Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and Key Enabling Technologies, and is to be explicitly international in scope.

In a consultation process of more than 700 experts and survey carried out in late 2015 and a series of workshops which started in January and which will be continued until November 2016 a larger number of experts from all over Europe and all relevant stakeholder groups have been and will continue to be involved in the process of agenda development. They are presenting and sharing their experiences and achievements and discuss their possible roles in and contributions to an agenda for 2020 and beyond and their views as to the (policy) actions to be taken to address the challenges at European and national level and by industry, education and training and other stakeholders. In the meantime the initiative has delivered its interim report.

From more than 300 e-skills and e-leadership skills initiative case studies around 30 best practices were selected and further described. These include best practices from European countries but also Canada, the US, Japan and Singapore. The best practices serve as learning cases for replication and others to follow. These best practices also build a basis for discussion at the coming workshops aimed at agenda development and also serve as learning practice for replication and adoption. In this process all stakeholders – companies, industry and professional associations, social partners, all levels of European and Member State government, educators and trainers, and individual citizens – have a role to play. Involvement in this process provides a unique opportunity for the invited experts to discuss the currents situation, latest and future developments and provide their views and visions as to the future and necessary (policy) action and thereby directly shape and impact European and national Member State policy development for the coming years. Draft versions of the agenda document will be developed and discussed over the coming months and all experts will meet at a high-profile conference on 26 January 2017 in Brussels where the final results are expected to become available.


A service contract has been awarded in December 2013 by the European Commission to a consortium led by empirica to undertake this work.

The event is supported by the EC in the scope of the service contract to promote e-leadership in Europe (LEAD)