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Parliamentary questions
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7 February 2019
Question for written answer E-000749-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Digital literacy — E & Y survey
 Answer in writing 

According to Ernst & Young’s latest survey(1), ‘Building a Better Working Europe’ (February 2019), workers’ lack of digital skills ‘are damaging the growth prospects of companies and the continent's economy.’ 48% of the workforce of European companies lack cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and robotics skills, while only 17% of enterprises taking part in the survey are classified as ‘digitally mature’(2).

The same survey records the desire of European companies to invest in their digital literacy and transformation but at the same time they seem to have difficulty attracting and retaining workers with digital skills.

Will the Commission say:
1. With which tools does it contribute — and will it continue to contribute — to boosting the digital skills of the EU's human resources within the framework of the 2021-2027 MFF?
2. How does it measure the beneficial effects of digital literacy on the economies of the Member States and what data does it have for the 4-year period 2014-2018?
3. Does it envisage giving additional incentives and tools to weaker economies such as Greece, which are facing a brain drain, to invest in retraining company employees and in strengthening digital literacy in schools?

(2)That is, they ‘have a board-level technology “champion” as well as a people strategy that forms part of their transformation strategy.’

Original language of question: EL 
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