Digital skills

Energy 16-04-2018

Forget the skills gap, in energy cyber security, it’s a chasm

There are frighteningly few cyber security experts with the right skills in the electricity industry, warns Michael John. While there is room for hope in the longer-term, he outlines what can be done now to plug the gaps.
Economy & Jobs 19-01-2018

Europe is recovering but needs to confront lingering dangers to its unity

Europe is on the road to recovery which means now is the time for it to take the lead on a global scale and tackle the concerns and needs of its citizens, write Martina Larkin and Eckart Windhagen.
Lambert van Nistelrooij during the EPP-hearing on the 7th Cohesion Report, 8 November 2017.
Economy & Jobs 23-11-2017

Cohesion funds can stop Europe from moving at different speeds

Cross-border and inter-regional cooperation in cohesion and research & development spending is still limited, but very much needed to prevent a multi-speed Europe writes Lambert van Nistelrooij. To unlock Europe's growth opportunities, the MEP calls for smart regional specialisation and an Innovation Pact 2.0.
02-11-2017

If Europe wants to lead, it needs to invest in digital skills

Northern European countries are in a strong position to reap the benefits of digitalisation, according to new research from McKinsey. But this will depend on how fast companies adopt new technologies, and how quickly people can acquire the skills needed for new, or different jobs, writes Iarla Flynn.
Digital 03-04-2017

Europe needs more successful data mining startups

The European Commission’s proposed reform on copyright is preventing young companies from using text and data mining technology with full legal certainty, warns Michal Sadowski and Michał Brzezicki.

Digital 23-03-2017

Your imagination is tomorrow’s innovation

Digital technologies and communication have the potential to uphold a strong and dynamic internal market fit for the digital age, ultimately making every European citizen’s life much better, writes Antonio López-Istúriz.

Digital Single Market needs real skills and substance to succeed

Europe is creating digital jobs but lacks the skilled workforce to fill them. The Commission should promote the benefits of action at national level without drowning member states in red tape, writes Jamie Greene.
Digital 13-12-2016

The left must carve out its own vision for the digital age

Computers are becoming more powerful every day and are fundamentally changing our societies. We must act now to defend jobs, wages and equality in the dawning digital age, write Gianni Pittella and Sergei Stanishev.

How the gig economy is changing employment

The advent of the gig economy has brought fundamental changes to the way in which we access goods and services and turned traditional business models on their head.  Denis Pennel considers its impact on employment and the likely implications for the future of work.
Digital 24-11-2016

Europe must tackle digital skills gap and labour shortages together

Most IT professionals lack the skills they need to do their job effectively. As the profession matures, we need to ensure our workforce has the skills it needs for the future, writes Fiona Fanning.

Cracking the code

As EU Code Week puts the spotlight on skills needed for the digital economy, it is important that vulnerable segments of European society are not left further behind, writes Ilona Kish.

Talking in code: An essential language for youth

Learning the language of code is fast becoming an essential skill for the next generation in our increasingly digital world, writes Seán Kelly.
Digital 14-10-2016

Europe should put data at the service of society

Europe faces some daunting challenges – an aging population, sluggish growth, an influx of migrants and refugees – yet in the age of data-driven innovation, it also has powerful new tools to help address them, writes Nick Wallace.
Digital 03-10-2016

Security is too important to trust to computers alone

Even the best security software will not keep a company’s data safe if its employees are not adequately trained. The EU must deliver on its Skills Guarantee to keep Europe’s workforce one step ahead of the data thieves, writes Austeja Trinkunaite.

An economy of, by and for the people

Europe’s economy has clearly seen better days. Facing great technological and societal change, it is marred by a sluggish recovery and a lack of investment, write Reinhard Bütikofer and Philippe Lamberts.

Refugee crisis: Education aid is only a click away

Countries hosting refugees are doing what they can to manage the influx of school-aged migrant but thinning resources make it difficult to accommodate every child’s requirements. Education technology can help fill that gap, writes Sébastien Turbot.

All eyes on the EU Skills Agenda

Unemployment rates continue to run high across Europe; 10 June saw the European Commission publish its much-anticipated Skills Agenda. It is a welcome step towards addressing this challenge, and one that will need to be further built upon, writes Alba Xhixha.
Digital 19-05-2016

Giving youth the skills to innovate and lead Europe in the 21st century

Europe’s economy is still struggling to keep up with the global digital revolution. It is high time to make sure that young people are equipped with the right skills and reach their full potential as innovators, writes Eva Paunova.
Digital 04-05-2016

Web accessibility will now be the law of the land in Europe

On Tuesday (3 May), after a long night of negotiation, and after more than three years since its proposal, it was agreed that web accessibility will now be the law of the land in Europe. This is a victory not only for persons with disabilities, but all of us, writes Dita Charanzová.

Paving the way for women in technology

To mark International Girls in ICT Day 2016, we are calling for greater efforts to close the gap between aspiration and achievement for young women around the world, writes Sylvie Laffarge.
Healthcare robot

Good jobs – threatened by the Internet

For decades, workers in Germany, Europe and the United States have been the wealthiest in the world. That is about to change for the worse as America heads towards a "freelance society", writes Steven Hill.
Digital 18-01-2016

Why Industry 4.0 is not just about industry

This year’s summit in Davos is meant to raise awareness of the opportunities of Industry 4.0 for everyone – not only in Europe, but worldwide, writes Thilo Brodtmann.
Coding skills needs to be paired with digital competency, writes the ECDL Foundation
Digital 16-10-2015

Computing and digital literacy education needs a unified approach

SPECIAL REPORT / As EU Code Week comes to a close this weekend, the ECDL Foundation writes that education programmes promoting coding need to be balanced with basic technology skills, which are too often lacking—even among so-called 'digital natives'.