The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Governing Board presented a nine-point Action Plan outlining the Coalition’s priorities for the coming months. The Plan sets out how to expand current membership to all sectors of the economy, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), how to include all actors and networks that work on the ground with digital skills actions and how to ensure that the EU’s future budget includes a focus on the development of digital competences to support the ongoing digital transformation.
On a European level many things are happening in the digital health and care domain. The European exchange format for Electronic Health Records is getting closer and Commissioner for health and food safety Andriukaitis has an ambitious view on the future of digital health.
On 1 October 2018, the EU ratified the Marrakesh Treaty. The Treaty facilitates access to print works in formats adapted for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled. The act took place in a ceremony at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva. It was carried out by Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger of Austria, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technologies at the European Commission.
The documentary sector is rapidly evolving. With changing viewing habits, traditional funding models have come under pressure, and many new collaborations and formats are being tested. The EU has supported the European documentary sector since 1991, by financing some of the best works and by helping to strengthen the sector as a whole. This factsheet presents some successful stories of EU-supported documentaries and projects.
Between December 2016 and July 2018, members of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition offered 10.9 million Europeans a chance to improve their digital skills. In total, 7.4 million digital skills trainings were provided, 1.9 million certifications were delivered and 1.6 million people were reached through awareness-raising campaigns. Moreover, 23 National Coalitions are now working on the ground, promoting digital skills policies and actions.
The 66th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival held its closing and award ceremony last Saturday 29 September, giving a remarkable recognition to EU-supported films. 18 projects funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme were nominated under different categories, and five of them were proclaimed winners.
From October 2018 the European Silver Economy Awards will be run by the Covenant on Demographic Change, taking over from the SEED project which has come to an end. It will engage all key stakeholders in the search for and implementation of age-friendly services, products and environments using the best examples of successful solutions.
At its first meeting on 27 September 2018, the group adopted its rules of procedure and selected Prof. Bruno Liebhaberg as its chairperson.
On 27 September 2018, Italy became the 27th country to sign the Declaration creating a European Blockchain Partnership. The declaration was signed on the margins of the European Competitiveness Council in Brussels by the Italian Minister of Economic Development, Labour and Social Policies and Deputy-Prime Minister, Luigi Di Maio, in presence of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. The Partnership will support the delivery of truly cross-border blockchain-based digital public services and help overcome obstacles for spreading the use of innovative digital solutions across the EU.
The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Governing Board has adopted a nine point Action Plan outlining the Coalition’s priorities for the coming months. The Plan sets out how to expand current membership to all sectors of the economy, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), how to include all actors and networks that work on the ground with digital skills actions and how to ensure that the EU’s future budget includes a focus on the development of digital competences to support the ongoing digital transformation.
During the first meeting of the High-Level Group on the impact of digital transformation, its members welcomed the opportunity to hear the views of Commissioners Thyssen and Gabriel, who underlined the political importance of the topics under consideration and the need to ensure that digital technologies would lead to innovation and growth while also fostering competitiveness and inclusiveness.
Denmark has announced that it will become a founding member of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.
The overall performance on eGovernment in the EU is moving in the right direction. Today 58% of EU citizens choose to get in touch with their public administration online and the overall online availability of public services is 82 %. Digital solutions can greatly contribute to strengthening the trust of citizens in governments. Europe will make a big leap in this direction on 29 September when the eIDAS Regulation rules on cross border recognition of electronic identification means enter into force.
On 13 September 2018, Dirk Paelinck, CEO of Workero, officially launched the brand new PropTech StartUp Europe Awards 2018 for the European Commission at Future: PropTech Berlin.