Parliamentary Question: E-skills in the EU

Marietje

Parliamentary questions

6 April 2010 E-2025/10 WRITTEN QUESTION by Marietje Schaake (ALDE) and Lena Ek (ALDE) to the Commission Subject: E-skills in the EU E-skills offer opportunities for economic recovery, as was recently emphasised during e-skills week (1-5 March 2010). Improving digital literacy and digital inclusion is of crucial importance for Europe’s future, particularly in the wider context of the knowledge-based economy and society, where e-skills will become, even more than they are today, core indispensable competences. Research from several sources has indicated that, within the next five years, 90 % of jobs in Europe will require ICT skills, thus making knowledge, training and education in ICT a necessity. The EU’s annual Joint Employment Report (15.12.2009) states that unemployment is not forecast to fall in 2010. While labour markets have been hit hard by the crisis, young people, migrants and low-skilled workers have been hit particularly hard. ICT skills should be provided in a lifelong learning context. However, according to an article on Euractiv (http://www.euractiv.com/en/enterprise-jobs/jobless-women-want-more-e-skills-news-319228), there seems to be an imbalance between supply and demand. In this article it says that female immigrants in the EU want more technical assistance and IT training, since they lack the computer skills they need for the workplace. In 2007 the EU adopted a Communication on E-skills for the 21st century (COM(2007)496). Within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme (the transversal programme) some attention is paid to the use of ICT in the wider context of education and training in the EU. In the Commission’s Europe 2020 Communication (COM(2010)2020), ‘a digital agenda for Europe’ and ‘an agenda for new skills and jobs’ are both put forward as flagship initiatives yet no specific reference is made to the urgent need to improve the e-skills of all European citizens and the Commission states that the LLP ‘mostly benefits the more educated’. 1. What are the main conclusions of the result analyses of the policy conducted at EU level? Are these openly available? 2. How does the Commission plan to include measures on the shortage of e-skills among European citizens in the Europe 2020 strategy? 3. Does the Commission intend to take any concrete action (new initiatives/programmes) to promote digital literacy and digital inclusion in the Member States’ policies (technical measures such as increased access to broadband not taken into consideration)? 4. What actions does the EU intend when focusing on the increasing need to focus on e-skills in education and training? Please find the answer here.