Today the Commission is proposing new measures to boost investments in artificial intelligence, increase availability and increase healthcare data sharing.
Over 1.3 million people were enrolled in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the European Union (EU) in 2016. Females were largely in a minority, accounting for only one in six ICT students (16.7%).
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
EU employment and social policy ministers held an informal meeting in Sofia on 17 and 18 April 2018. The ministers called on Member States to continue their efforts to actively support employment opportunities for vulnerable groups, while noting that the current stable economic growth in the European Union has led to a lasting improvement in the labour market situation.
School curricula across the EU should focus on developing the digital and entrepreneurial skills of young Europeans to prepare them for life and work in thе digital age. This would help them not only find jobs, but also use technology for their own well-being and civic participation.
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.