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3 March 2010

e-skills: European Week 2010 underlines e-skills' potential to help Europe�s economic recovery
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European e-skills Week 2010, from March 1-5, aims to review the EU e-skills strategy's achievements in terms of digital literacy and boosting the e-skills of all EU citizens, to share experiences, build links and mobilise stakeholders across the EU. The official launch of the European e-Skills Week at CeBIT, the world�s largest digital tradeshow, in Hannover, Germany, on 2 March 2010, marks the culmination of a campaign of more than 200 events and activities such as conferences, web seminars, company executive tours to schools and workshops. European e-Skills Week is the result of a coordinated effort by the European Commission, governments, industry and educational establishments to inform the European public about the critical role ICT skills play in securing Europe�s future economic competitiveness. A broad range of activities across 35 countries in Europe will highlight the demand for skilled ICT users and professionals. Public authorities, ICT companies and educational institutions have together engaged in hundreds of activities, training events and competitions to inspire people to discover e-skills (such as using the internet) from their youth to retirement .

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"Improving digital literacy is crucial to Europe�s future. We must invest in the e-skills of all EU citizens to make sure that no one is left behind as the economy goes digital. Digital literacy and media literacy are crucial components of digital inclusion: people should be able to use computers and the internet, while understanding how the web actually works and how to assess the online information."

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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Galileo offers outstanding navigation applications to spur innovation

 
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If a sailor falls overboard at sea, his best chance of rescue is being picked up by the boat he has fallen out of due to improved navigation which can guide the boat to him. This is just one example among 32 cutting-edge satellite navigation applications which will be demonstrated live during the �Galileo Application Days� from 3rd to 5th March 2010 in Brussels. These applications will make life easier for farmers and port managers, assist visually impaired persons and those suffering from Alzheimer disease, strengthen the emergency aid and make outdoor and sport activities safer.

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Europe 2020: Commission proposes new economic strategy in Europe

 
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The European Commission has launched today the Europe 2020 Strategy to go out of the crisis and prepare EU economy for the next decade. The Commission identifies three key drivers for growth, to be implemented through concrete actions at EU and national levels: smart growth (fostering knowledge, innovation, education and digital society), sustainable growth (making our production more resource efficient while boosting our competitiveness) and inclusive growth (raising participation in the labour market, the acquisition of skills and the fight against poverty). This battle for growth and jobs requires ownership at top political level and mobilisation from all actors across Europe. Five targets are set which define where the EU should be by 2020 and against which progress can be tracked.

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Revamped European Small Business Portal launched in the run up to SME week 2010

 
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The European Small Business Portal (formerly the European portal for SMEs) has a new look and a new address. The multilingual portal provides practical information on financing opportunities, partner networks, how to conquer markets in the EU and third countries, as well as useful tools. Please consider linking to the portal from your own web pages, and don't forget to update your favourites.

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