Press Release: Pilot Projects promoted by the European Commission for increasing training in digital skills

The overall objective of these projects is to develop and demonstrate a European-wide learning and assessment technology system to support the up-skilling and re-skilling of citizens. There is a need to match the interests and the current knowledge and skills of individuals not only with the most demanded labour market skills, but also with the possible learning roadmaps that can help them acquire the knowledge and skills required by the market.

Event: Digital Economy Leadership Summit (Sofia, Bulgaria, 27 June 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee- Exchange of Views with Commissioner Gabriel on the newly adopted MFF legislative programmes (18 June 2018)

A summary of the Exchange of views is now available.

Speech by Vice-President Ansip at the Lisbon Council/World Bank Group summit “Development in the Digital Age”

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UPDATED – Event: Meeting The Internet Connectivity Challenge – The Role for Community Networks (Brussels, 4 July 2018)

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Agenda: EP CONT Committee Meeting (20 – 21 June 2018)

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Agenda: EP CULT Committee Meeting (18 – 19 June 2018)

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Event: Digitalisation and industrial revolution – a chance to reduce inequality and poverty? (Bonn, Germany, 11 – 13 June 2018)

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Event: European Week of Regions and Cities workshop: Addressing the digital gap in rural and remote territories (Brussels, 10 October 2018)

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Press Release: Progress made, but take-up of ultra-fast broadband still significantly behind target

Although broadband coverage has generally been improving across the EU, not all targets set for 2020 will be met, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The EU’s goal of ensuring that half of European households have ultra-fast broadband connections by 2020 is significantly behind target, say the auditors. Rural areas, in particular, remain less well connected than cities.

Speech by Vice-President Ansip at the Annual Forum for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

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Event: High level panel on women and girls in digitalisation | European Development Days 2018 (Brussels, 6 June 2018)

A high level panel, chaired by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will debate on the issue of the participation of Women and Girls in Digitalisation. The panel discussion is organised by DG Connect of the European Commission, as part of the European Development Days. It will feature high level speakers representing the industry, policy makers, youth and international influencers.

Press Release: EESC 9th civil society days: The digital era needs human skills and a proper legal environment

Citizenship, Democracy and Culture in a digitalised Europe was the motto of the 2018 Civil Society Days, organised by the Liaison Group at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 24 and 25 May in Brussels. In six workshops, participants discussed living together in a digital Europe in the future and concluded with the adoption of seven key recommendations (include link). Panels focused on culture and education, identities and polarisation, cybersecurity and data protection, digital democracy and citizen participation, overcoming the digital divide and artificial intelligence as a common good.

Sofia Declaration and Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the EU-Western Balkans summit

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Digital initiatives in the run-up and beyond 2020 (16 May 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Europe on the move: An agenda for a socially fair transition towards clean, competitive and connected mobility for all (15 May 2018)

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinion of the European Committee of the Regions — Revitalisation of rural areas through Smart Villages

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Commissioner Mimica opening remarks at a high-level event : “All on board – closing the digital gap for women and girls in developing countries”

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Briefing: The regions in the digital single market: ICT and digital opportunities for European regions

The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy. The European Commission estimates that completing the digital single market could contribute €415 billion per year to Europe’s economy, create 3.8 million jobs and transform public services. In addition, many future jobs will require information and communications technologies (ICT) skills, rendering the process of acquiring digital skills an imperative. The European Commission has presented several initiatives to boost the use of ICT in Europe

Briefing: Adapting to new digital realities: Main issues and policy responses

Digital technologies have changed the way we live and transformed the world around us at unprecedented speed. They have affected all important aspects of life, both at work and at home, and have influenced almost everything from human relations to the economy, to the extent that access to the internet has now become a basic human right recognised by the United Nations. This profound change presents both opportunities and threats to our society. Citizens need specific skills and access to be able to meaningfully take part in society and work. European businesses need an adequate policy framework and infrastructure to capture the enormous value created by the digital economy. Supporting innovation, removing barriers in the digital single market, and effectively managing and using data are the necessary tools to assist them and boost economic growth in Europe. The European Union takes an active part in shaping the digital economy and society, with cross policy initiatives that range from boosting investment, through reforms of copyright and e privacy, to removal of geo-blocking and development of e-government. This multifaceted approach is necessary to facilitate adaptation to complex new realities.

Speech by Commissioner Navracsics: Makers, creators and innovators: how do we ensure that technology empowers young people?

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