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Digital skills initiatives

The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and other initiatives promote excellence in digital skills across different organisations, areas and countries.

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To meet its goal of ensuring 70% of adults have basic digital skills and to support stakeholders in improving the level of digital skills in Europe, the Commission offers a wide range of initiatives including:

There are many other policy areas that also feed in to the Commission’s work on digital skills. For example, the European strategy for data, the European industrial and small and medium-sized enterprise strategies, Digital Innovation Hubs, and the coordinated plan on artificial intelligence.

To read more about digital skills initiatives, have a look at our repository, which contains some of Europe's best digital skills projects. It brings together initiatives from the Digital Skills Awards, pledges made by members of the Coalition, and initiatives selected by Member States


Significant investments are needed to tackle the digital skills gap. The instruments put in place at EU level for the budget 2021-2027 provide major opportunities for Member States to support the sustainable development of digital skills. They include:


EU Code Week organisers register over 72,000 activities for the second year in a row

Despite the challenges that schools around Europe and the world faced in 2020, over 3.4 million students and teachers from 84 countries joined the EU Code Week initiative and took part in more than 72,000 coding activities. The next edition of EU Code Week will take place from 9 to 24 October 2021.

EU Code Week 2020 kicks off to promote skills for the digital future

The 8th edition of the European Code Week, a grass-roots initiative supported by the European Commission, which aims to make everyone familiar with coding and digital technologies in an entertaining and engaging way, opened on Thursday 8 October with an online event. From 10 to 25 October Code Week will feature lots of online activities and an original #CodeWeekDance challenge in which schools, teachers, libraries, businesses and many more, will have the opportunity to participate.

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Digital skills and jobs

The European Commission is determined to tackle the digital skills gap and promote projects and strategies to improve the level of digital skills in Europe.

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Pledges for action

All organisations, businesses and government bodies are encouraged to make a concrete commitment to carry out actions to reduce the digital skills gap in Europe.

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