The importance of digital skills was stressed in conclusions from a meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council of the Council of the European Union, which took place 17 February 2017. The conclusions respond to the Youth Initiative announced by the European Commission in December last year. The Commission’s initiative proposed steps to raise skills and increase opportunities for young people as a means of tackling youth unemployment.
The Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council represents the interests of Member States in the EU, and is involved in making EU laws. According to Evarist Bartolo, the Maltese Education and Employment Minister, “Improving our education and training systems is critical, not only because it can generate economic benefits and reduce unemployment, but also because it promotes social mobility and remains one of the best means of preventing social exclusion. Education in itself cannot do all, it needs economic, social and financial support.”
More information can be found on the website of the Council of the European Union.