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eEurope :: 2002


EU actions

eEuropeTargets 2001/2002



Actor (s)/date

Progress made

Establish a European diploma for basic information technology skills, with decentralised certification procedures.

Member States,
European Commission

The High Level Group ESDIS adopted a recommendation on 5 October 2001: "that the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) be accepted as a Europe-wide basic IT accreditation scheme". Moreover, the future direction of a European basic IT skills diploma should be further elaborated under the eLearning action plan.

Set up public Internet access points in public spaces and establish multimedia tele-centres in all communities providing access to training and e-work facilities, where appropriate using the Structural Funds.

Member States

Member States have further developed Public Internet Access Points (PIAP), including a variety of innovative approaches to attract disadvantaged people to the Information Society. The impact of PIAP has been analysed in detail in the ESDIS report on "e-Inclusion". The recent Council Resolution on e-Inclusion calls on Member States to further increase the supply of PIAP. 

Give the labour force the chance to become digitally literate through life-long learning.

Social Partners,
Member States,
Private Sector


The Employment Guidelines for 2001 and for 2002, in addition to their objectives on " eLearning for all citizens" (Guideline 5), call on the Social Partners to establish the conditions for giving every worker the opportunity to achieve information society literacy (Guideline 15). In this context progress is monitored within the European Employment Process. In addition, initiatives to develop the digital literacy of workers have been particularly addressed in reports of the ESDIS High Level Group.

Significantly increase information technology training places and courses and promote gender equality in such courses (both in work and in educational institutions), using European Social funds where appropriate.

Member States, Social Partners,
Private Sector,
European Commission

The ESDIS High Level Group has addressed issues of IT training at different levels in its "Benchmarking Report following-up the Strategies for Jobs in the Information Society", which provides a basis for continously monitoring this action. Training in ICT skills has also been a specific concern of the High Level Task Force on Skills and Mobility. 13 projects (~15 MEuro) have been selected under the "Trial and best practice addressing advanced solutions for on-the-job training in SMEs" and "Self-learning for work" action line.

Promotion of a network of learning and training centres for demand-driven information and communications technology training and retraining of postgraduates.

Social Partners, European Commission, Member States.

A new action line has been launched in the IST Work Programme for 2001 - VIII.1.5 Bridging the IT skills gap through development of Training Infrastructures. 

Last updated: 07/02/2007

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