In her State of the Union address on 14 September 2022, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen declared 2023 the European Year of Skills. In October 2022, the EU Commission presented a proposal for a decision by the EU Parliament and the Council. After political agreement was reached in March 2023, the thematic year was launched on 9 May 2023, this year's Europe Day. The plan now is to fill the coming months with actions that effectively contribute to strengthening people's skills and the position of workers.