EU Code Week was launched during an event with speakers from the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, as well as teachers, students, private sector representatives, and other partners.
To mark this start, Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton said:
Coding is the language that transforms ideas into the apps and other solutions that people around the world use every day from developing medicine to learning languages, to delivering food. EU Code Week engages new generations of coders in creative ways, who learn how they can turn their ideas into tomorrow’s solutions. It has grown from 300 events when it started 10 years ago to 78,000 last year, which demonstrates the growing enthusiasm for coding. This year, we aim for an even higher number of events across the EU.”
Anyone can take part, while at the same time materials in 29 languages have been made available for free to support activity organisers, such as teachers. Additionally, an online Code Week Bootcamp has specifically been developed for teachers from pre-primary to secondary schools. The EU Code Week helps to contribute to the EU’s digital decade target that 80% of the EU population has at least basic digital skills by 2030.