More investment in skills and the completion of the digital single market are among the top priorities in order to relaunch economic growth in Europe, experts and policymakers agreed during a European Commission conference yesterday (6 April).
The economic recovery has improved the EU's labour markets with the employment rate continuing to increase, albeit very slowly, Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen said in Brussels on Thursday (21 January).
It's unacceptable that the youth unemployment rates in some EU member states are massive, when the ICT sector has problems recruiting people, according to Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.
France's Minister for the Economy, Emmanuel Macron, insisted on the need for a €4-€5 billion European digital investment fund at the French-German digital conference on Tuesday (27 October). EURACTIV France reports.
Despite its current "economic instability", Brazil is one of the most dynamic digital economies, and its high level of connectivity could increase business for many companies, Google Brazil head Fabio Coelho said.
SPECIAL REPORT / The potential for information technologies to boost growth across all industrial sectors is still huge, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - but it calls on governments to think "strategically" in terms of education and employability.
SPECIAL REPORT / A majority of member states have introduced coding classes to their educational curriculums, as education ministries across Europe increasingly view computer skills as essential to developing key "21st century competences".