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DIGITAL SKILLS – Creating economic growth across Europe

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Europe is still struggling to keep up with the global digital revolution and complete the yet-unfinished Digital Single Market. Moreover, the EU predicts that the lack of digital skills could lead to a shortfall of 900,000 jobs by 2020. This means that there are businesses still unable to reach their full potential because they cannot find employees with the skills they need. Clearly, if Europe is to be successful in the new digital era, it must tear down remaining obstacles to digitalisation and insist on digital training to help businesses and individuals be successful online by using the full potential of the internet.

What progress has been made in fostering digital skills in Europe? What challenges remain for business in Europe? And how is the issue of digital skills embedded in the wider context of digitalisation?

The event will also discuss Google’s pledge announced last February in Brussels to support 1 million Europeans gain critical digital skills by the end of 2016 through an investment of over €25M and in cooperation with many partners from the business, academic, and public sectors.

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Featuring

  • Matt Brittin

    President for EMEA Business and Operations at Google - Brittin joined Google in 2007 first as Managing Director of Google UK, then as Vice-President for Northern and Central Europe, before becoming the head of Google’s consolidated EMEA division in 2014. He sits on the boards of The Climate Group and The Media Trust and was formerly Director of Strategy and Digital at Trinity Mirror, the largest British newspaper.

  • Maxime Cerutti

    Director of Social Affairs at BUSINESSEUROPE - Cerutti has a wide experience working on employment and social affairs. In his current role, he leads a diverse portfolio of social affairs and labour market policy at the Confederation of European Business. He also coordinates BUSINESSEUROPE’s engagement as a social partner in the context of the European social dialogue.

  • Tomasz Husak

    Head of Cabinet of Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs - Husak coordinates the policy and communication strategy of the EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. He was previously Deputy Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU and Deputy Director of the Committee on European Affairs at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Tano Lopez

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fleed International Student Network, Spain - Lopez founded Fleed International Student Network to help students find scholarships at US universities. To turn his idea into a successful business, Tano joined the Actívate course, where he learnt the fundamentals of online marketing. It was also an opportunity to network and share ideas with other Spanish entrepreneurs.

  • Catherine Stihler MEP

    Vice Chair of the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Stihler focuses her parliamentary activities on the promotion and inclusion of all EU citizens within the digital economy, combatting youth unemployment, improving EU public procurement rules and reforming financial services regulation. She is also the UK Labour Party’s Euro-Spokesperson on Consumer Rights and a substitute member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

  • Paulina Wardęga

    Vice President of Business Development for PIXERS, Poland - Paulina is the Vice President for Business Development for PIXERS, Polish SMB founded in 2010. PIXERS sells posters, stickers and personalised wallpaper throughout Europe. The firm has used digital since its inception, to grow the company, find new customers and increase its revenue.

Programme

12.00 – 12.30 Registration of participants and lunch

12.30 – 13.40 DIGITAL SKILLS – CREATING ECONOMIC GROWTH ACROSS EUROPE

Featuring
Matt Brittin / President for EMEA Business and Operations at Google
Maxime Cerutti / Director of Social Affairs at BUSINESSEUROPE
Tomasz Husak / Head of Cabinet of Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Tano Lopez / Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fleed International Student Network, Spain
Catherine Stihler MEP / Vice Chair of the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Paulina Wardęga / Vice President of Business Development for PIXERS, Poland

13.40 End of debate

Moderated by
Tamsin Rose / Non-Resident Fellow at Friends of Europe

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