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European e-Skills 2004 conference

Funded under: FP6-SME


The European e-skills 2004 conference (Thessaloniki, Greece, 20 - 21 September) was a major staging post after the first European e-skills summit (2002) in Copenhagen. Organised around the activities of the European e-Skills forum, and focusing on its report E-skills in Europe: towards 2010 and beyond, the conference involved more than 150 public and private sector experts and decision makers. Discussion covered global sourcing and the strategies and best practices to boost e-skills, e-learning, competitiveness and job creation.
Participants included representatives of several EU Member States and acceding countries, Directorates General of the European Commission and the European Investment Bank. There were also delegates from leading ICT companies, from research, academia and training, representatives of European and international professional ICT associations and consortia, and the social partners.
A number of messages were delivered from the conference. The first was that the European Union should adopt 'a comprehensive strategy for improving ICT skills and training across all sectors, at all levels and for all citizens'. Second was that the European Commission, alongside Cedefop and industry partners, should support a 'European level ICT skills meta- or reference framework' for better planning of investments in training and skills. It should also further develop common principles for quality standards and for certification, whether public or private, profit or non-profit oriented.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Enterprise, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005. 31 pp, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: NB-64-04-329-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-8795-X
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