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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- Friends of Europe Digital skills for the future report
- Digital skills for the future event highlights, video, podcast and photo gallery
- Debating Europe infographic: Digital skills gap in the EU
- Debating Europe infographic: Can innovation be taught?
- Debating Europe infographic: How can we create an “economic renaissance” for Europe’s businesses?
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12.00 – 12.30 Registration of participants and lunch
12.30 – 13.40 DIGITAL SKILLS – CREATING ECONOMIC GROWTH ACROSS EUROPE
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
Tamsin Rose / Non-Resident Fellow at Friends of Europe
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