As part of the next long-term EU budget – the Multiannual Financial Framework – the Commission has proposed the Digital Europe programme, the EU’s programme focused on building the strategic digital capacities of the EU and on facilitating the wide deployment of digital technologies, to be used by Europe’s citizens and businesses. With a planned overall budget of €9.2 billion, it will shape and support the digital transformation of Europe’s society and economy.
Update: the text of the Council conclusions is now available.
The Council today adopted conclusions on the changing world of work and the emergence of new forms of work. The conclusions focus on occupational health and safety in relation to digitalisation, robotisation, use of artificial intelligence and the development of the digital platform economy.
Today, the European Commission is releasing the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.
The Council conclusions have been published in the Official Journal.
In May, the new support team started working with the Commission services and the stakeholders of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition – including the national coalitions, the Governing Board, members and pledgers – in their common goal of tackling the digital skills gap in Europe. The team is led by BluSpecs in partnership with CIVITTA and the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).
The development of artificial intelligence in Europe should be as broadly inclusive as possible, the EESC says in its assessment of the European Commission’s Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence. Policy should ensure civil society reaps the numerous benefits of AI while minimising risks such as the manipulation of democratic processes.
In its opinion on the European Commission’s proposed Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence, the EESC stresses that AI-related policies must be designed so as to engage all social players, including businesses, workers and consumers. This means ensuring the accessibility of data and infrastructure, the availability of user-friendly products and access to knowledge and skills.
In 2018 around 8.9 million people were employed in the European Union (EU) as ICT specialists. The profession was predominately male, as only 17 % (1.5 million) of the ICT specialists were women.
Across the EU Member States, the lowest proportions of female ICT specialists were in Hungary (9 %), Czechia (10 %) and Greece (11 %). The highest shares were in Bulgaria (28 %), Lithuania (25 %) and Romania (24 %).
Sibiu, 08 May 2019
“The challenge of your grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ generation was to rebuild Europe. Rebuild Europe, from the ruins and destruction of war.
The challenge of my generation was to reunite Europe, after the divisions of the Cold War.
The challenge of your generation is to reshape Europe. To reinvent Europe. To build a better Europe.
A Europe that must certainly be social.”
The celebration of International Workers’ Day takes place in a context of profound structural transformation in labour markets throughout the world.
Technological change, demographic trends, globalisation and other socio-economic drivers are altering the fundamental nature of education and work. In particular, the digital revolution is causing significant changes in the world of work, according to JRC experts.