Ministry for Information Society and European Commission - e-Skills Week
The European Commission has, in September of 2007, adopted the Connection "e-Skills for the 21th century" which represents the long-term e-skills agenda, including the 5 major lines of acting on european level. "The Competitiveness Council of Ministers" has welcomed the Connection and adopted the Conclusion for the long-term e-skills agenda on thier meeting held on 22nd-23rd November of 2007. Great importance is placed upon the successful implementation of the e-skills strategy in Europe as a part of the Lisbon strategy and as a part of the life-long learning strategy. There is an important need to address ICT-related skills (e-skills) issues in order to respond to the growing demand for highly-skilled ICT practitioners and users, meet the fast-changing requirements of industry, and ensure that every citizen is digitally literate in a lifelong learning context requiring the mobilisation of all stakeholders, according to the European Commission‟s Communication on e-skills. Thus, the European Commission Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry is funding the organization of the European e-Skills Week 2010, to raise awareness of e-skills issues, solutions and best practices. European e-Skills Week highlights the growing demand for skilled ICT users and professionals to drive a competitive and innovative Europe. This exciting campaign seeks to inform students, young professionals and SMEs about the vast range of opportunities that ICT-related jobs present. Throughout the coming months, public authorities, ICT companies, education institutions and students will engage in hundreds of activities, training events, competitions and much more. The awareness campaign will culminate in a dedicated European e-Skills Week from 1 to 5 March 2010. This ground breaking initiative of the European Commissions DG Enterprise and Industry is coordinated by DIGITALEUROPE and European Schoolnet in conjunction with twenty national partners.