What is the problem? Lack of skills excludes people from modern society
Some 30% of Europeans have never used the internet. These people – mostly elderly, unemployed or on low incomes – lack the skills, confidence and means to use digital media and are thus unable to participate in today's society. Digital skills and media literacy play a huge role in employability and equal societal participation.
Why is EU action required?
The European Social Fund aims to reduce differences in prosperity and living standards across Member States and regions. It is devoted to promoting employment. With ICT being ever more necessary for employment (90% of jobs in the near future require ICT skills of some level), it is necessary to ensure that in the European Social Fund digital literacy and skills are well-reflected, to face new global challenges.
What has the Commission done so far?
In October 2011, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on new European Social Fund 2014-2020 which prioritises digital literacy and competences. The legislative process will follow the discussions on the Multiannual Financial Framework. The start of the new programme is expected in 2014.