Digital skills of tomorrow

Breakfast Debate


From the growing need for digital skills in the workplace, to services such as e-government and online banking, basic digital skills are vital to participation in modern society. The danger is that with the digital revolution, we risk leaving many people behind. Nearly half of EU citizens have insufficient digital skills and nearly one in five people has never used the internet.

This is why it is so important to deliver opportunities for digital skills development to EU citizens - in order to tackle both unemployment and social exclusion. For both basic ICT skills and the digital skills of tomorrow - such as coding, programming and robotics - the EU has an important role to play. This debate will explore different models for digital skills development, looking particularly at partnerships between local public services and the tech industry.

programme - 29/03/2017

Welcome and introduction:

Brando Benifei MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member


Massimo Depaoli, Mayor of Pavia, Italy

Lucilla Sioli, Head of Unit "Knowledge Base", DG CONNECT European Commission

Ilona Kish, Director of Public Libraries 2020

Laurentiu Bunescu, CEO of Telecentre-Europe

Exchange of views with participants

(under the Chatham House rule)

Closing remarks:

Victor Negrescu MEP and EIF Member

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