27 European Member States and Norway have signed a declaration to encourage women to play an active and prominent role in the digital and technology sectors. They will work closely with the public and private sectors and civil society to achieve equality in tech.
At Digital Day 2019, participating Ministers and representatives of the EU confirmed their full commitment to work more closely in key areas where digital technologies will make a significant impact in the coming years.
European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, Commissioners Tibor Navracsics, Phil Hogan and Mariya Gabriel welcomed the commitments from European countries to step up cooperation on the digitalisation of cultural heritage, digitalisation of agriculture and rural areas, and promoting greater participation of women in digital.
The European Commission (EC) is organising a high level conference on the future of work in Brussels, hosted by President Jean-Claude Juncker together with Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, Financial Valdis Dombrovskis and Commissioner Marianne Thyssen.
The event will be attended by representatives from EU institutions and Member States, international organisations, social partners, civil society, academia and the media. In six parallel sessions, participants will take an in-depth look how Europe’s employment and social policies have to change to fit the world of today and tomorrow.
During 2017, 9 % of EU enterprises recruited or tried to recruit ICT specialists and 5 % reported having hard-to-fill vacancies for jobs requiring relevant ICT skills. In other words, over half (53%) of all enterprises that recruited or tried to recruit ICT specialists had difficulties in filling these vacancies.
In the EU Member States, the highest proportions of businesses finding it difficult to recruit ICT specialists in 2017 were in Czechia (79 %) and Austria (78 %). In contrast, the proportion was below 40 % in Poland (37 %), Portugal (35 %) and Spain (25 %).
The European Commission has today decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘#NewRightsNow – Strengthening the rights of “uberised” workers’.
Digital innovation and transformation drive what has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0.
This digital transformation of all industry sectors will revolutionise the structure and governance of markets and lead to a significant reconfiguration of work and employment.
EIT Digital decided to launch a study focusing on the main policy challenges emanating from the digital transformation of the European industry.
This briefing explains why AI matters by reviewing some of the key opportunities and challenges it presents, but it does so with reference to the functionality and readiness of the technology. The first section focuses on the opportunities and challenges presented by today’s AI while the second explores longer-term speculative opportunities and challenges that are contingent upon future developments that may never happen.
The EU is supporting the digitisation of its economies and societies by setting up a new funding programme, Digital Europe, for the years 2021 to 2027. Today, the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee confirmed the common understanding reached by the Romanian presidency and the European Parliament on the proposal, which aims to promote the large-scale roll-out and uptake of key digital technologies such as artificial intelligence applications and state-of-the-art cybersecurity tools.
Following the adoption of the CEF Telecom Work Programme 2019, which outlines the general objectives, priorities and expected impacts of the actions that will be supported in the field of Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs), the 2019 CEF Telecom call planning has been published.