With EuroSkills 2020 we are hosting a large-scale event at European level. We are determined to make the event into an unforgettable adventure for all participants. It is also our firm commitment to use EuroSkills 2020 as a unique opportunity to change and shape the future in a sustainable way and to ensure that the participants, businesses and visitors keep the positive energy and the European Skills spirit in their hearts even beyond 2020.
EuroSkills is a vocational skills competition which is staged as a European championship every two years. The focus is on the outstanding achievements of young skilled professionals in more than 40 European occupations. Some 500 active participants compete in vocational categories from the industrial, craft and service sectors. In 2020, EuroSkills will take place in Austria for the first time in the competition’s history – the venue will be Graz.
Austria is a fascinating country: it is not only a synonym for economic success, efficiency and strong performance, but also equally famed for its hospitality, heartbeat and exceptional brand of congeniality. Located at the heart of Europe, the country offers a unique blend of qualities, echoing the motto of “opposites attract”.
Styria is the green heart of Austria, boasting natural landscapes that range from rugged Alpine regions and luscious pastures in the north to the gentle hills of the south, providing a foretaste of the Mediterranean beyond. Perhaps it is this matchless variety and awe-inspiring nature that has long inspired its people to outstanding economic achievements. With an R&D ratio exceeding 4%, the Styrian region leads the way Europe-wide and is the most innovative region in Austria.
Austria’s second city, with more than 850 years of history, has abundant attractions for visitors to enjoy. As the largest medieval old town in Europe and a recognised UNESCO world heritage site, it is also set to host EuroSkills 2020. With practicality in mind, the venue itself is a stone’s throw from the old town and offers excellent public transport connections.
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