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European Commission President Welcomes ECDL Foundation’s Commitment To Key Objectives Of The Digital Agenda For Europe

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European Commission re-affirms the crucial role of digital literacy skills and literacy as drivers of economic recovery in the creation of a smart, sustainable, and inclusive Europe

As part of its actions to support the EU Commission’s flagship initiative ‘A Digital Agenda for Europe’, ECDL Foundation sent an open letter to President Barroso committing itself and its network of in-country partners to the delivery of high-level objectives of the Digital Agenda. These key aims include:

  • Dramatically reducing the number of Europeans who do not possess the required ICT skills to use the Internet, and to participate fully in an increasingly digital society,
  • Promoting digital skills and literacy programmes within EU and Member States’ national education policies to ensure that young Europeans will be suitably equipped for the demands of tomorrow’s labour market,
  • Taking special measures to ensure that marginalised groups such as the unemployed, older people, people with disabilities, and those living in remote communities are empowered to participate fully in the Information Society.

In response to ECDL Foundation pledging its support, and that of its pan-European network to these aims, President Barroso expressed his gratitude for this proactive and concrete response to the Commission’s call for action and cooperation in the promotion of digital literacy in Europe, adding:

“The Commission welcomes your commitment to contribute to that objective, through the targets you mention. Indeed, fostering digital literacy and skills across Europe requires having all relevant stakeholders on board, in particular those active in the field such as the ECDL Foundation. It is in this spirit that the Commission is putting considerable emphasis and efforts in opportunities for them to share the actions they intend to put in place and their contributions to the Digital Agenda for Europe.”

In its open letter to President Barroso, ECDL Foundation also welcomed other EU flagship initiatives, such as ‘Youth on the Move’, and ‘An Agenda for New Skills and Jobs’, and affirmed the importance of independently validated certification programmes to benchmark the competencies of ICT professionals within Europe.