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European Commission launches Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs

EU News 110/2013

4 March 2013

Commission President José Manuel Barroso today called on Europe's digital businesses, governments, training and education sectors to join a Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs to address up to 900 000 job vacancies expected to exist in Europe in Information and Communication technologies (ICT) by 2015. Despite the current levels of unemployment, the number of digital jobs is growing by more than 100 000 per year. Yet the number of fresh ICT graduates and skilled ICT workers is not keeping up.

Vice-Presidents Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) and Antonio Tajani (Industry and Entrepreneurship) and Commission members László Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) and Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) also attended the launch of the Grand Coalition held today in Brussels, which is part of the Commission's drive to make Europe more competitive.

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Related image: Participation of László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the 'Filling the gaps: e-skills and education for digital jobs' conference. Date: 04/03/2013 Reference: P-022818/00-05 (C)EU, 2013 URL