Nordic Regions - Skills for Green Infrastructure

EU Green Week - Skills for Green Infrastructure

Helsinki, Oslo, Greater Copenhagen and Stockholm EU Offices are hosting an EU Green Week partner event on Skills for Green Infrastructure on 8 June from 10:00-12:00. 

Several regions and cities across Europe experience both unemployment and a shortage of skills related to the green transition. This is no different for the Nordic countries, where estimates suggest a shortage of around 350 000 vocationally trained employees in 2030.

Join us in discussing different ways to ensure that we have a skilled workforce to implement the green transition. You will hear examples from different actors in the innovation ecosystem, including skills training at various levels as well as the development and implementation of green solutions.

The event is organised in a hybrid format. After the event, we invite you to join us for a networking lunch. 

Please register here



09.30   Welcome coffee and tea

10.00   Welcome

Julia Jokelin
Deputy Head of Office, Helsinki EU Office

Moderator Louise Coffineau
Policy Advisor, Environment and Climate, EUROCITIES

10.10   Keynote
Egbert Holthuis
Head of Unit - Jobs, Skills and Social Policies, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion (DG EMPL), European Commission 

10.30   Innovation for sustainability – a PhD programme for societal transformation
Siw Fosstenløkken
Professor, Innovation, Digital Transformation and Sustainability, OsloMet University

10.45   Best practices and challenges on green skills development
Maria Jaakkola
Head of Research and Development, Urban Space and Landscape Planning, City of Helsinki

11.00   Anchoring knowledge and innovation within green mega infrastructure
Stig Rømer Winther
Managing Director of Femern Belt Development and Lead of Fehmarn Innovation

11.15   Ensuring a skilled workforce for the railway of the future
Elin Kebert
Expert on skills supply, The Swedish Construction Federation, board member of Järnvägscollege (Railway college)

11.30   Panel discussion and Q&A

11.55   Concluding remarks

Moderator Louise Coffineau
Policy Advisor, Environment and Climate, EUROCITIES

12.00   Networking lunch