MEP Edit Herczog together with DIGITALEUROPE, European Schoolnet and the European e-Skills Association cordially invites you to a lunch debate on the “e-Skills Manifesto, A Call to Arms” on 11 October 2010, 12.00 – 13.30 in the European Parliament, (Rue Wiertz 60, 1040 Brussels).

e-Skills are an essential building block of European competitiveness in the 21st Century, as highlighted by the President of The European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, in his Europe 2020 Vision and during his recent speech on the “State of the Union”.

This year the European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry launched the European e-Skills Week; an extraordinary success touching 65 million people across 35 countries . The success of the European e-Skills Week is founded on a powerful collaboration between governments, digital industry, education and local entities who share the commitment to delivering a highly-skilled European workforce and a sustainable social model in the digital age.

The two flagships recently adopted by the European Commission, a “Digital Agenda for Europe” and “Youth on the Move”, prove that e-Skills are still at the centre of political interest and actions within the European Institutions.

Panel Speakers: Edit Herczog, MEP and e-Skills Week Ambassador, Bridget Cosgrave, Director-General DIGITALEUROPE, Jan Muehlfeit, Chairman Microsoft Europe, co-chair of the European e-Skills Association and e-Skills Week Ambassador, Georgette Lalis, Director, of European Commission’s Directorate General of Enterprises and Industry (tbc).

Over lunch our panellists will open the debate and provoke discussion around the immediate opportunities that should be taken forward and the important role each of stakeholder.

The tangible and positive outcomes to be gained from investing in e-Skills are spelled out in and demonstrated by the “e-Skills Manifesto, A Call to Arms”. The Manifesto is an important stepping stone in the road to developing a policy framework that will deliver a digitally literate workforce and a technically advanced European society. This event has been organised with the support of the European Innovation Summit.

To participate, please register at Registrations close on 5 October 2010.

This event is part of the e-Skills Week campaign follow-up activities and is supported by DG Entreprise and Industry.

European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60
B-1040 Brussels

Monday 11 October 2010, 12-13.30

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