The non-profit organisation EuroSkills 2020 GmbH, wholly owned by the Styrian Economic Chamber, was founded on 13 October 2016, six months after Austria won the bid to host the event. This laid the foundations and since then we have been devoting all our efforts to preparing for the event. The non-profit organisation EuroSkills 2020 GmbH was established with the purpose of preparing, organizing and staging the European vocational skills championships EuroSkills Graz 2020.
Setting all these activities in motion in 2017 and preparing for the event in a professional manner requires a strong team. The two managing directors, Harald del Negro and Angelika Ledineg, immediately started to build this team. Important key areas, such as the technical management, need to be integrated from the very beginning. Stefan Praschl from the Institute for Research on Qualifications and Training of the Austrian Economy, who played a key role in the success of the bid to host EuroSkills 2020, has been supporting the management team since the company was founded.
The Supervisory Board includes the President of the Styrian Economic Chamber, Josef Herk, who is the Chairman and is responsible for representative tasks, the Director of the Styrian Economic Chamber, Karl-Heinz Dernoscheg, and its Head of Finance, Anton Lampl.
“EuroSkills 2020 is a magnificent and unique opportunity to make a lasting impact, to achieve change and to ensure that the positive energy and the European skills concept will continue to be passed on even after 2020. The enthusiasm and the willingness to become involved in organising the event have not wavered since the bid was won. The European vocational championships are more than simply an event that is being held in 2020. We will use this preparation time to define a great many lasting focal areas and highlights in the field of vocational education and the skilled workforce, under the umbrella brand ‘EuroSkills 2020 – We are Skills’. We see this project being as a key driver for lasting change.”