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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Event: Shaping our digital future: the challenge of the digital revolution” (Brussels, 25 April 2018)

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Agenda: Informal Meeting of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) – Employment & Social Policy (17-18 April 2018)

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At a Glance: Gender equality in the media and digital sectors

Having highlighted women’s participation and representation in the media and digital sectors on International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018, Parliament is analysing the current situation and proposing ways to empower women and girls in an own-initiative report scheduled for debate during the April plenary session.

Press Release: Future of work – education and training are crucial

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has adopted an opinion on the future of work, in which it calls on Member States to focus on education and training and adapt their education systems to the needs of the labour markets, which are currently undergoing rapid and dramatic changes brought about by the new digital and industrial revolution.

Press Release: European Consumer Day 2018: Consumers need better protection online

How best to ensure online consumer protection: this was the focus of the 20th European Consumer Day, a joint event of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council held in Sofia on 20 March. The conference “The digital economy: what deal for consumers” was an opportunity for experts and policy-makers to discuss the new challenges to consumer protection posed by digitalisation from both a European and a national perspective.

Broadband Competence Offices Network – 2017 Activity Report

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Good broadband practice: Coviolo Wireless, Italy

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Exchange of views with the European Commission on the occasion of the launch of the WiFi4EU platform (21 March 2018)

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Press Release: High-speed broadband must reach all European citizens to eliminate digital divide

A strong cohesion policy in combination with other financing instruments is key to boosting broadband connectivity in Europe, according the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). In an opinion adopted at the plenary session on 22 March, it points out that lack of fast and reliable broadband coverage remains a problem in many rural and sparsely populated areas where there is not enough market-driven development.

Event: All on board – Closing the digital gap for women and girls in developing countries (Brussels, 11 April 2018)

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Agenda: Committee of the Regions Plenary Session (22 – 23 March 2018)

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Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (21 March 2018)

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Keynote speech by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel on the conference “Europe 2030 digital”

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Event: Inter-parliamentary Committee Meeting: Empowering women and girls in media and ICT: key for the future (8 March 2018)

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Study: The underlying causes of the digital gender gap and possible solutions for enhanced digital inclusion of women and girls

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the FEMM Committee, attempts to reveal the links between the different factors (access, skills, socio-economic and cultural), which prevent women from having equal access to digital technology. It then suggests ways of dealing with online and offline inequalities to the effect of closing the digital gender gap and improving women’s and girls’ digital inclusion and future technology-related career paths.

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