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Agrifood 21-03-2017

Hogan: Data ownership should not weaken farmers’ position

Data ownership and access should be organised in such a way that farmers' competitiveness is improved, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.

Agrifood 20-03-2017

EU farming getting smarter

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The European Union is exploring ways of helping its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) enter the digital era after 2020.

EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger

EU eSkills campaigns reduce gap in the labour market

The eSkills campaigns, launched in 2010, have contributed to reducing the gap in the EU between demand and supply of digital skills jobs, according to the European Commission.

Stockholm public library
Languages & Culture 08-07-2015

Public libraries: A hidden key to the success of the Digital Single Market

Public libraries are a neglected resource when it comes to devising policies on skills, growth and jobs, writes Ilona Kish.

Higgins: Digital Single Market strategy needs to safeguard cross-border data flows

For a successful Digital Single Market, European policies need to guard the ICT sector against discrimination and promote transparency, says John Higgins, Director General of DigitalEurope, in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.

Matt Brittin
Digital 03-03-2015

Cause for EU optimism on the digital front

The widespread gloom and doom about Europe’s ability to compete in the digital economy is misplaced, writes Matt Brittin.

Digital 15-10-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: Coding in the classroom

SPECIAL REPORT: Which EU countries teach coding in the classroom and why? Computing Our Future, a European Schoolnet report, investigated the timetables to find out. 12 countries gave full responses to the survey, the findings of which are summarised in this infographic. 

Coding
Digital 15-10-2014

Teachers urged to get on board with coding

SPECIAL REPORT: Computer coding classes at primary school have to be taught in a more playful way than reading, writing and maths, experts say. 

Coding
Digital 14-10-2014

Five-years-olds learn coding in schools to prepare for future labour market

SPECIAL REPORT: Learning basic computer programming is becoming mandatory curriculum in primary schools in some member states, as governments try to prepare already digital native pupils the skills they need for the labour markets of the future.

Coding
Digital 31-07-2014

Commissioners urge coding classes at school

The two commissioners in charge of the digital agenda, and youth and education, have written to to the EU's 28 education ministers, urging them to give every child the opportunity to develop basic coding skills at school.

More than 50% of EU jobs at risk of computerisation

More than half of the jobs in the EU's 28 member states will be impacted significantly by advances in technology over the coming decades across sectors, according to calculations by the think tank Bruegel.

Coding
09-05-2014

EU attempts to bridge e-skills gap between north and south

SPECIAL REPORT / The EU is betting on rapidly developing e-skills among the workforce in order to adjust it to the digital economy. Every year, approximately 100,000 new vacancies are created in an attempt to fill the gap between the 'e-skilled south' and 'e-demanding north' of Europe.

08-05-2014

Boosting e-skills in European higher education requires political will at national level

With 25% of adults in the European Union lacking the necessary digital skills to effectively use information and communication technologies, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published in autumn 2013, the European Commission is facing various challenges in order to bridge the competitive gap with the rest of the world.

E-skils
Digital 08-05-2014

ICT specialist: Europe’s south has lost its speed in developing technology

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe must get ready to adjust its economy to the digital era in order to boost its competitiveness, says Yannis Sirros.

Digital 06-05-2014

Economist editor: Big data is a goldmine for companies

SPECIAL REPORT / Computer algorithms are better at diagnosing severe cancer than humans, Kenneth Cukier told Euractiv, and big data can predict crimes before they are committed and earn businesses money.

E-skills
Digital 05-05-2014

Commission measures progress on e-skills flagship initiative

SPECIAL REPORT / A little over one year after the European Commission launched a partnership to tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe and hundreds of thousands of unfilled ICT-related vacancies, almost 50 organisations have become involved in the initiative and made pledges.

Digital 15-03-2013

Creating digital jobs easier than putting humans on the moon

If we can put men on the moon, and get them back, surely Europe is capable of creating more digital jobs, especially since its future might just well depend on it, argues John Higgins.

Digital 22-02-2013

Kroes: Europe needs a digital ecosystem to create growth

Europe's ICT sector is falling behind its Asian and American competitors due to the lack of skills and lack of women active in the sector. Europe needs a digital ecosystem as the evidence of the sector's impact on growth is endless, says Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice-president.

22-02-2013

Kroes: Industry ‘morally obliged’ to help youth get ICT skills, jobs

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe’s ICT industry has a ‘moral’ obligation to pull behind the Commission’s new Grand Coalition for Digital Growth and Jobs and help young people get jobs, Commission vice president, in charge of the digital economy, has told EURACTIV in an interview.

Digital 21-02-2013

Europe strives to hold back ‘digital brain drain’

SPECIAL REPORT / With more than half of Spain's and Greece’s young people jobless, those with in-demand digital skills are increasingly seeking work in stabler Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.

Digital 20-02-2013

Brussels plans fresh push for more women in ICT jobs

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission in June plans to publish a survey explaining why Europe’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector has too few women despite a projected deficit of 700,000 skilled workers by 2015.

Digital 19-02-2013

Struggling southern states targeted in ICT training push

SPECIAL REPORT / EU education ministers met in Brussels last Friday to debate how new online tools can benefit the unemployed, with a specific focus on struggling Mediterranean countries. Meanwhile, a new initiative, the Academy Cube, seeks to bring together all stakeholders on one online platform to retrain unemployed people with e-skills for future ICT jobs.

Digital 29-03-2012

Fewer Europeans ready for computer revolution

Young Europeans are getting fewer degrees in computer science, according to statistics released a week after a policy expert warned the European Commission that regulators are not keeping up with the pace of technological change.

Commission puts focus on skills ‘laggards’

In-company training will be a key step towards realising the European Commission's 'New Skills for New Jobs' plan, according to EU Employment Commissioner László Andor.