Digital Single Market
Digital Economy & Society

Action 57: Prioritize digital literacy and competences for the European Social Fund


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.



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European Social Innovation Competition

Summary of the 1st meeting of the European Digital Champions

This event will cover topics such as Lifelong Learning, Technology-Enhanced Learning, quality standards and certification, human resources development, competences and skills, as well as learning, innovation and quality management systems. Experts from Learning, Education and Training are expected to join this dialogue. Registration for the event is open until 10 October.
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