Coding enhances creativity, teaches people to cooperate, to work together across physical and geographical boundaries and to communicate in a universal language. Technology is part of our life, and coding brings it closer to you.

Each and every interaction between humans and computers is governed by code. Whether you create a web app, follow GPS directions when driving or wish to revolutionise social interactions. Programming is everywhere and fundamental to the understanding of a hyper-connected world. Coding is the literacy of today and it helps practice 21st century skills such as problem solving, team work and analytical thinking.

Basic coding skills is also needed for many jobs. Did you know that more than 90% of professional occupations nowadays require digital competences, including programming? There is also a talent shortage as the education system is slow to react to new demands. In Europe we will have up to 825,000 ICT job vacancies by 2020.

In order to empower people of all groups in our society, and ensure the global competitiveness of Europe, we need to raise interest in programming and enhance the digital competence of Europe. Therefore we're supporting coding through various initiatives:

  • EU Code Week aims at celebrating the art of creating with code, motivating people to start learning to code, as well as connecting individuals, groups, organizations and companies who are willing to help more people experience the joy and relevance of coding.
  • Ensuring that everyone has the right digital skills (including coding) to thrive in society and on the labour market is one of the objectives of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. The Coalition brings together Member States, companies, social partners, non-profit organisations and education providers who take action to tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe.
  • We also promote the European Coding Initiative, an initiative led by Microsoft, SAP, Liberty Global and Facebook with European Schoolnet acting as secretariat, which aims at bringing coding skills to teachers, kids and adults.
    Since its launch in October 2014, the Initiative's partners:
    • have sent a joint open letter to Ministers for Education raising their awareness about the importance of bringing coding skills to all European kids, including by training teachers on how to teach these skills;
    • set up a new all you need is {C<3DE} website with coding resources for kids, teachers and adults;
    • and published the EUN report "Computing our future - Computer programming and coding, Priorities, school curricula and initiatives across Europe".
  • We actively promote coding through the Communication on Opening Up Education (action 4) where it calls on Member States to encourage access to programming for young learners.