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European People’s Party Highlights Digital Skills in Resolution

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The European People’s Party adopted a resolution on a digital Europe, during their recent annual congress in Madrid. Listing digital literacy as one of eight key areas to focus on, the resolution highlights that digital skills are important in formal, non-formal and informal education, and reaffirms its concerns about long-term policy on digital literacy acquisition.

The resolution, titled, “Digital Europe 2.0 – Moving Towards a Digital Society”, encourages investment in skills through methods such as learning vouchers and use of the European Social Fund to support training of low-skilled workers. It also raises the point that so-called, ‘digital natives’ overestimate their IT skills, “This is also true regarding «digital natives» who overestimate their skills. Nearly 70% of people who lack basic digital skills are older than 55, so there is a large risk of digital exclusion with significant social and economic impacts.”

The full resolution can be downloaded from the website of the EPP.