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RAPID de 13.04.2018

Lisboa, 13 de abril de 2018.

  • 100 organisations helping to upgrade digital skills of European citizens
    Since the launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition in December 2016, a first 100 European organisations, among them governments and businesses, have provided over 3.7 million IT training sessions, more than one million certifications for improved digital skills and 9,000 job placements and internship offers in the digital sector. The number of active organisations is expected to increase rapidly, as the Coalition now has more than 360 members from all sectors of the economy who have pledged to reduce the digital skills gap. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: "Europe's education and training systems need to give people from all backgrounds the right digital skills to progress professionally, but also to enable them to find their place in society as engaged citizens. This needs to involve partners from all sides. That is why the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is important in enabling Europeans to prosper in increasingly digital societies." Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, said: "The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is a collective effort to tackle one of Europe's biggest challenges: filling IT vacancies. 100 concrete commitments in just over a year is a sign of the support from stakeholders across Europe who recognise the importance of digital skills for all, no matter the age, gender or job profile." The majority of pledges aim either to bring more digital skills into education by transforming teaching methods or to offer trainings to upskill the European workforce. Trainings include basic digital skills and coding, as well as specialised skills such as data analytics and cybersecurity. In order to boost digital skills of young people and to help ensure that education systems make the most of new technologies, the European Commission launched the Digital Education Action Plan beginning of this year. Further details are available here.
     
  • Eurobarometer on integration: Majority of Europeans believe that integration measures are a necessary investment in the long-run
    According to a Eurobarometer survey published today, 69% of Europeans believe that integration measures are a necessary investment in the long-run and a similar proportion view integration as a two-way process for both migrants and host societies. Europeans tend to agree on the main factors that may facilitate or prevent integration as well as on policy measures that support it, such as offering language courses upon arrival, mandatory integration programmes and measures facilitating access to the labour market. According to the survey, around 60% of respondents interact daily with migrants, while 40% have either friends or family members who are migrants. A majority of respondents in all Member States say that the EU plays an important role when it comes to integration, with a particular added value for sharing best practices, promoting cooperation between all actors involved, and financial support. At the same time, the survey finds that only a minority of Europeans think they are well informed about migration and integration. Europeans also tend to overestimate the number of non-EU migrants in their countries: In 19 Member States, the actual proportion of non–EU migrants is half or less than half of their estimated share. You can find the full survey here.
     
  • Eurostat: Euro area international trade in goods surplus €18.9 billion
    The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in February 2018 was €177.5 billion, an increase of 3.0% compared with February 2017 (€172.3 billion). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €158.6 billion, a rise of 1.5% compared with February 2017 (€156.2 billion). As a result, the euro area recorded a €18.9 billion surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in February 2018, compared with +€16.1 billion in February 2017. Intra-euro area trade rose to €153.7 billion in February 2018, up by 3.9% compared with February 2017. A Eurostat press release is available here.