[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]The hugely succesful, first-ever European e-Skills touched 65 million people across 35 countries in Europe. It marked the start a pan-European drive to empower citizens with the essential skills for the living and thriving in the digital age.

It is estimated that 90% of all jobs will require digital skills by the year 2015. The ICT sector will require nearly 400,000 skilled professionals by the same year. e-Skills are the foundation of an innovative, entreprenerial and competitive European society in the 21st Century, but only if we invest in skills today.

In this short video interview, DIGITALEUROPE Board Member, John Vassallo of Microsoft outlines why e-skills are the backbone of European computing technology, and an essential building block of the Digital Agenda .

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  1. Mr. Vassallo is apparently no European citizen but a former GE manager. So why does he interfere into our internal matters? Who invited the American company to colonialise European ICT edcuation?

  2. Dear Dorn Bruni,

    Thank you for commenting on Colleen’s blog – this is the first time she has published and I think she did a great job! I don’t believe that Mr Vassallo is mentioned in this article. I also hasten to point out that an individual may work for whichever company he or she chooses to. Mr Vassallo, by the way, comes from Malta, and is the person responsible for negotiating Malta’s entry into the European Union. Thus, I would hail him has a Renaissance man. But then what would I know? Maybe you would like to reflect on this – and really check out #Who’s Who.

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