11 February 2011 E-001203/2011 Question for written answer to the Commission Rule 117 Marietje Schaake (ALDE) Subject: Digital illiteracy The Commission has set up a high-level expert group to identify ways of raising literacy levels among both young people and adults in Europe. The new independent group of academic and political experts on literacy met for the first time in Brussels on 1 February 2011. In 2011, the international survey of the performance of 15-year-old school pupils (PISA) will for the first time inform us on students’ performance in using digital information and how students use information technologies to learn. E-skills and digital literacy are increasingly important for learning. These skills are also of growing importance in ensuring job opportunities in the labour market. Does the Commission agree that digital literacy should be an integral part of the work of the high-level expert group and of literacy programmes? If not, why not? Will the high-level expert group include digital literacy in Europe among its objectives? If not, why not? Is the Commission planning to issue recommendations to Member States on best practices regarding the fight against digital illiteracy? If not, why not? How will Ms Vassiliou and Ms Kroes work together? When can concrete action from the Commission be expected regarding e-skills and digital literacy? Please find the answer here.