cybersecurity skills academy

In “Promoting our European Way of Life”

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As part of its Work Programme 2023, the European Commission had announced a non-legislative initiative for the Q3 2023. And as part of the 2023 European Year of Skills, the Commission adopted a Communication on a Cybersecurity Skills Academy (“the Cyber Skills Academy”) on 18 April 2023. It aims to bring together existing initiatives on cyber skills and improve their coordination, in view of closing the cybersecurity talent gap and boosting EU’s competitiveness, growth and resilience. It is expected that this initiative will help to bridge the digital cybersecurity skills gap in the EU. According to the European Commission, in 2022, the shortage ranged between 260,000 and 500,000. 

To address these challenges, the European Commission has opened the fifth Call for proposals on Advanced Digital Skills on 21 November, with a total budget of 42 million EUR to be divided in three Open Calls: 

-Specialised education programmes in key capacity areas
-Advanced Digital Skills Analysis
-Cybersecurity Skills Academy

On 12 December 2023, the European Commission will present the fifth round of DIGITAL Europe Programme call for proposal in a dedicated Info Day and Pitching Event


Author: Mar Negreiro, Members' Research Service,

As of 23/11/2023.